DIABETIC patients will soon be able to benefit from around the clock care at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
From December, the Cosham, hospital is hoping to provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by changing the way staff work.
At the moment the diabetes specialist team is only available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
But from December, the care will be extended so a member of the team will be in QA, from 8am to midday, at the weekend.
After that, a specialist will be available over the phone.
Diabetes consultant Dr Partha Kar said: ‘We are aware that lack of specialist cover has resulted in poor care for patients with diabetes.
‘This has been flagged by patients as well as internal monitoring systems.
‘We therefore feel that this step will not only to be a pioneering one, but will genuinely help to improve patient care on a regular basis and not just as a nine-to-five, five-day service.’
It is hoped the change will be at no further cost to Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, because of a ‘payment by results’ scheme run by the Department of Health.
The government will pay NHS trusts an extra sum of money, if they meet best practice standards.
This extra sum will make-up the difference needed for the specialist doctors and nurses to be available 24/7.
Dr Kar added: ‘All these changes will be brilliant.
‘We are awaiting the clinical commissioning groups to approve the changes.
‘We are confident they will do this.’