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dNav expansion transforming lives of those with Type 2 Diabetes in South Eastern Trust Area


The Health and Social Care Board welcomes the announcement by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust that they are to expand the dNav service which improves the lives of Type 2 diabetes patients from around 270 patients to almost 700 patients in the next year. This fantastic initiative has been supported by the Board.

Type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin, affects over 80,000 people in Northern Ireland today.

The d-Nav™ Insulin Guidance Service, developed by US based company Hygieia, uses a simple finger print blood test combined with smart technology to update insulin dosage on the move, without waiting for the next visit to a healthcare professional. It allows people with diabetes to easily regulate their own insulin dosage, through a small device the size of a mobile phone.

A pilot of the technology began in the South Eastern Trust in 2013 and has been overseen by diabetes expert, Dr Roy Harper, Consultant Endocrinologist, at the Ulster Hospital.

It is now being expanded due to its success. An additional 450 Type 2 Diabetes patients will be offered the service which will give them greater control over their condition whilst reducing the strain on clinical resources.

Speaking at her last official event on behalf of the Health and Social Care Board, Pamela McCreedy, outgoing Director of Transforming Your Care (TYC) acknowledged the hard work of so many people involved in the development of the service and touched on how dNav has already transformed the lives of so many.

“The size and scale of the diabetes problem in Northern Ireland is one which has been well publicised recently and is one which merits a new kind of response. dNav is not, and never has been about, replacing the personal contact between patients and doctor or nurse with a clever bit of kit. It’s about providing a different kind of service, in a safe and effective way – in a way which meets the individual needs of patients.

“This innovation illustrates how Transforming Your Care is being delivered at the frontline, and the Health and Social Care Board has been delighted to have supported getting it to this stage. It aligns perfectly the key principles of Transforming Your Care such as: designing services with the individual at the centre; supporting people to live independently; giving people greater choice, more control and access to services when they need them; and of course prevention and early intervention.”

Mrs McCreedy concluded: “I congratulate the Trust, Roy and the dNav team on getting to this stage today. Almost 300 patients in the South Eastern Trust area have already benefitted from access to dNav and a further 400 will do so. That is going to transform the lives of many people, giving them more control over their diabetes in the comfort of their homes and by removing a significant pressure on the resources of diabetes clinicians. It is a great example of care being transformed and it is a good news day for healthcare professionals and patients in Northern Ireland.”