Diabetes

Long-term Conditions Support

A registered nurse working with the patient and family, alongside their GP and practice team, to development an integrated care plan.

By working together in this way, the areas that are having an impact on a person’s life are addressed, which often results in improved quality of life.

This service works across various health and social sectors, such as housing, employment, Work & Income NZ, and involves advocacy and support for the patient and their family.  As well as supporting general practice to develop innovative solutions.

Dietitian

The Community Dietitian offers a free service by referral for children and adults to improve nutrition. Referrals can be made via a GP or practice nurse or other primary health providers.

Examples of referrals:

Diabetes Podiatry Service

Leo Brown is contracted by Whanganui Regional Health Network, to provide podiatry clinics for patients diagnosed with diabetes who meet the criteria for referral and have foot problems requiring the attention of a specialist. 

There are three goals:

  1. To assess the risk of foot complications, like ulcers and infection
  2. To inform patients about how risk occurs
  3. To actively reduce risk via podiatry treatment, guiding through advice and referral to other services as needed