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  Diabetes bus visit to Netcare Montana Hospital It was the first day where we saw the types of patients that we wish to target, the known diabetics both in the private and public sectors.

  2 February 2010
  Today marked the second day of the Changing Diabetes Bus project at Montana Hospital.

It was the first day where we saw the types of patients that we wish to target, the known diabetics both in the private and public sectors. Words like, "burning feet"; "lack of sensation"; "I can't feel that" could be heard through out the day- clearly an indication of the complications of diabetes. It is not very often that I get to whiteness such complications firsthand but thanks to the new equipment, one can't hide from seeing these complications any longer. The apparent lack of commitment to ones own health could be seen. Unfortunately for some, the damage has already been done to their eyes and or feet.

I was informed that Dr Louise Johnson was on the radio this morning promoting the bus at Montana Hospital and a few patients mentioned that they'd heard about the bus and our combined efforts on the radio.

I have also been liaising with Dr Lynn Tudhope to ensure that there is a form of continuity for our next stop at Bela Bela in the 3rd week of February. This will mean that a nurse will travel to Bela Bela daily and assist other nurses receive the podiatry training.

I also had an opportunity to speak to a type 1 teenager whose been battling to control his diabetes- hopefully my encouragement will help him in managing his diabetes.

Once again the Netcare nursing students were very eager and keen to screen patients and answer any questions which were asked. It was also re-assuring to see the doctors come onto the bus to check their methods and techniques.

As usual the wide range of screening was again on hand including our regular screening and one-on-one consultations with dieticians.

A third of all patients seen today were known diabetics!

Please find today's statistics below:

Date: 2 February 2010
Venue: Netcare Montana Hospital
Visitors screened: 92
Diabetics on tablets: 32
Diabetics on insulin: 2
Diabetics on tablets & insulin: 2
Visitors with blood glucose levels above > 11.1 mmol/L with known diabetes: 9
Visitors with blood glucose levels above > 11.1 mmol/L with no history of diabetes: 0
Most of the known diabetics who had the time, had their eyes screened and 25 patients were referred for further investigation and treatment.

Please find some photos from today below, the last photo is an example of what our new fundus camera can do- please refer to an optometrist for an explanation.