Improved service for diabetic patients launches in Brent

An improved diabetes service has launched in Brent which will see specialist diabetes care delivered in the community and closer to the homes of patients.

Brent Integrated Diabetes Service (BIDS) will continue to focus on Type 2 diabetes patients in primary care and community settings, and will include greater support to the GP practices in the borough.

The service will also offer more intensive support for patients to self-manage their condition through the DESMOND (diabetes education and self-management for ongoing and newly diagnosed) programme and a greater emphasis on weight management and diet. 

CCG shortlisted for prestigious health award

A service commissioned by Brent Clinical Commissioning Group to support vulnerable people discharged from A&E has been shortlisted for a prestigious national health award, organised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).

The short term assessment rehabilitation and reablement service (STARRS) team is a finalist in the Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government category after beating off competition nationally to be shortlisted from a record 1,300 entries – the highest ever in the awards history.

Information on Ebola Virus Disease

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Ebola is a rare but serious viral infection. People in the UK are at low risk of Ebola, as the virus is only transmitted by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person, showing symptoms of the disease. There have been no cases of Ebola virus disease being contracted in the UK.