Community Diabetes Team is recognised at News Best of Health awards

South East Hampshire Community Diabetes Team, the winner of the ''Community Nurse/Team of the Year award at The News' ''Best of Health Awards 2015 ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151546-052)
South East Hampshire Community Diabetes Team, the winner of the ''Community Nurse/Team of the Year award at The News' ''Best of Health Awards 2015 ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151546-052)
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A TEAM that helps people with diabetes in the community came out as winners at this year’s Best of Health Awards.

The South East Hampshire Community Diabetes Team took the top prize in the Community Nurse/Team of the Year category, sponsored by the Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

Jane Egerton, diabetes specialist nurse, said: ‘This is a phenomenal achievement, and the whole team have put a lot into this service.

‘We support patients to help manage their condition and also support healthcare professionals.

‘The service has been going in this current format for five years, and it’s great to have won this award.’

The service is run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Nurse Rosie Wakelin nominated them.

She said: ‘As a practice nurse their help is invaluable, helping us with more complex patients, preventing secondary care intervention.

‘They provide us with training, and run a practice nurse forum for nurses to get together and keep up to date.

‘Nothing is too much trouble and their knowledge of diabetes is encyclopaedic which they impart to other health professionals whenever they can.’

Coming in as runner-up in the category was the rapid HIV testing scheme, which is run by the sexual health services by Solent NHS Trust.

The trust runs a test, which can tell someone if they might have HIV.

A blood sample is taken with a result given on the spot.