Lee McIvor is pleased she can use hospital services.
Lee McIvor is pleased she can use hospital services. KIERAN MORAN

Qld Health appologises to diabetic

AT the end of National Diabetes Week, concerns have been raised within the Gladstone community about services for diabetes at the Gladstone Hospital.

Diabetes sufferer Lee McIvor told The Observer in May that when she went to the Gladstone Hospital she was told she was not a diabetic and therefore she would have to go on a waiting list.

After the story ran in The Observer, Ms McIvor was contacted by the Queensland Health.

“Qld Health contacted me on the day of the article, apologising for what had happened, saying that there was a communication breakdown,” Ms McIvor said.

“We organised an appointment and I went in and they were very supportive and helpful and it was organised for me to see a dietician, which is what I wanted to do in the first place.

Gladstone Hospital director of Medical Services Dr Shauna Taylor said Gladstone Hospital provided a comprehensive diabetes service to Gladstone and the surrounding community through a full-time diabetes educator.

“The diabetes educator sees both outpatients and inpatients of the hospital,” Dr Taylor said.

“Outpatients can be referred to the service by a GP, but they do not need a referral to use the service.

“The educator is on hand to teach diabetics how to deal with their condition and avoid complications, how to deal with insulin and how to monitor their blood sugar.”



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