Why the need for a gestational diabetes service?

  • Around 1 in 20 women who give birth in the UK each year either have diabetes before they get pregnant or develop diabetes during their pregnancy (known as gestational diabetes). If the mother has diabetes there is a higher chance of health problems for both the mother and the baby during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar┬áthat develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth.
  • It can occur at any stage of pregnancy but is more common in the second half. If not treated, Gestational Diabetes can lead to excessive birth weight of babies and premature delivery amongst other complications.

How does the home monitoring gestational diabetes service work?

Pregnant mothers with gestational diabetes are able to submit their blood glucose readings up to seven times a day. Patients can choose to submit readings via the MyInhealthcare app or text message.

Health care professionals have access to patient readings and greater insight into how they are managing their diabetes, meaning interventions can happen sooner. Readings can be pulled through to the electronic patient record and any readings that fall outside of thresholds are flagged for clinical follow-up.

Information can also be embedded into the app, for example, hypo treatment patient information, and patients can be signposted to relevant information.

The service has been rolled out by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

what are the benefits of the health call gestational diabetes service?

Use of the Health Call Gestational Diabetes Service allows patients improved access to healthcare professionals, whilst also improving patients self-management of their condition. This, in turn, leads to improved decision making over the duration of the patient’s care and enhances the patient experience.

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