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Scheme helping diabetic mums-to-be is shortlisted for award

PUBLISHED: 15:25 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010

A PROGRAMME of care being offered in London's East End to help mums-to-be with diabetes has been shortlisted for a national award. The programme begun three years ago by Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel has been commended for this year's Nursing Times awards

Gemma Collins

A PROGRAMME of care being offered in London’s East End to help mums-to-be who have diabetes has been shortlisted for a national award.

The programme begun three years ago by Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust and the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel—the first of its kind in Britain—has been commended for this year’s Nursing Times awards.

Tower Hamlets has some of Britain’s highest rates of diabetes, which can cause complications in pregnancy and trigger high blood pressure and premature labour.

All pregnant women are given a glucose tolerance as part of the programme to test if they are at risk.

A specialised obstetric and diabetes antenatal clinic was set up at the Royal London in 2005 for high risk’ women with abnormal blood glucose levels who get individual consultations and a post-natal care.

“We can now identify pregnant women at risk of developing diabetes at an early stage,” said specialist midwife Sooi-Mai Jones.

“They receive care before the onset of symptoms and reduces their risk of developing complications during pregnancy and childbirth.”

Women in the low risk’ group receive care by community midwives and GPs and taught how to manage and monitor their own blood glucose levels, with advice on their diets.

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