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Providing patients with the right information

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The Trust has launched a new Patient Engagement Platform with the aim of improving the experience of patients during a hospital visit. 

This specially-designed internet landing page is available to all patients and visitors to the Royal Derby and London Road Community Hospitals, and provides information and entertainment which they can access during their time on-site

Patients are able to access maps, look at menus, find entertainment and learn about how to get more involved with the Trust as a member, volunteer or volunteer patient. A patient experience questionnaire is included on the platform to allow patients to record their views of care and services in the hospitals. This landing page is free for patients to use for an unlimited period, and offers 20 minutes of free surfing time on other web pages. Patients and visitors are able to purchase more surfing time through the platform. 

Guidelines for postnatal glucose testing for women with gestational diabetes have been altered by NICE, and the Trust will be implementing these changes moving forwards.

NICE no longer recommend that evaluation should be via a glucose tolerance test, but instead recommend a fasting glucose and/or HbA1c.

The Trust proposes giving women forms for this test when the baby is brought for their second immunisation at 12 weeks. The result will be reviewed at four months post-partum and the mother will be contacted. If she has not attended for the test, she will be invited to do so at this point.

GP staff are asked to support this change by reminding women of the importance of attending for the test when they are reviewed in postnatal clinics.

All women with gestational diabetes are at risk of the condition developing, so regular screening is important even if their post-natal glucose is normal.

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