Diabetes Clinic at Whangaroa Health Services Trust
Posted on 10/04/2014 11:04am by Te Rōpū Mate Huka
A Diabetes Clinic day at Whangaro Health Services Trust in Te Tai Tokerau isn't a chore to attend for the many people with diabetes in the region. In fact they get pampered!
The morning clinic is staffed by one GP, one Diabetes Nurse and a community educator.
The services offered besides from being pampered are diabetes annual checks, consisting of measurement of weight, blood pressure, fasting blood test, urine check, foot check and discussions about medications and diet.
A dietitian specialising in diabetes visits monthly and a podiatrist visits every six weeks. A Retinopathy (eye) clinic is held three times per year.
Further education and support of a healthy lifestyle is offered through the Green Prescription, smoking cessation and Care Plus programmes. There is a limited adult dental service in Whangaroa offered by visiting dentists from Auckland University of Technology (AUT). It is recognised that oral health is very important for people with diabetes.
The average HBa1c (blood glucose level) for those enrolled with Whangaroa PHO sits just under 8 and the PHO is aiming to reduce that number with a variety of initiatives in the forthcoming year.