A specialist tool created by doctors at the Royal Surrey County Hospital has been highly commended at the National Diabetes Quality of Care awards 2012.
The awards recognise NHS organisations who have successfully implemented initiatives enabling them to reduce readmissions or improve the safety of discharge from one area of care to another, as well as recognising the importance of providing specialised, tailored and safe care to people with diabetes while in hospital.
Professor of Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Surrey, David Russell-Jones, said: “Many physicians have limited experience and confidence in diabetes early discharge and the safest option is often to admit patients for a specialist diabetes review, but this isn’t always necessarily needed.
“To address this, the diabetes specialist team at Royal Surrey designed a tool to help non-diabetes specialists identify those patients who could be safely discharged and managed at home. The Management of Raised Glucose (MoRG) clinical decision tool guides physicians through the patient assessment and can be safely used by non-specialists, meaning patients are not unnecessarily spending longer in hospital than they need to – a good outcome for everyone.
“The commendations we received at the Quality of Care awards recognise a tremendous achievement that has involved everyone in the department.”