July 2– Some women who aren’t diabetic develop diabetic symptoms while pregnant. Until now, those local women had to come to Guelph General Hospital (GGH) to have their condition treated and monitored. Now, the Guelph Family Health Team (GFHT) and GGH have developed a plan to include gestational diabetes in the care the GFHT provides.
“We’ve incrementally expanded our diabetes services over the years,” said Ross Kirkconnell, Executive Director of the GFHT. “By moving this service to the GFHT diabetes program, ‘Diabetes Care Guelph,’ patients will get comprehensive care provided by a multidisciplinary team in a community setting.”
Current and previous patients were surveyed by the Hospital during the development of the plan. Also polled were local Obstetricians and Midwives. There was unanimous support says GGH’s Eileen Bain, VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive.
The plan then went before the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) Board of Directors at its May meeting. It decided to not stop the voluntary integration of gestational diabetes care, including the transfer of this service from the Hospital to the Family Health Team. Now, GGH is working with the GFHT so that the service can be offered at Diabetes Care Guelph three locations (Dawson Rd Family Medical Centre, Guelph Community Health Centre and Surrey St., Medical Complex) as of July 15.
The move continues the trend to move healthcare services out of hospitals and into the community when appropriate.
“Because of this integration, women will benefit from collaborative care delivered by a team of health professionals in a convenient location with improved hours of availability,” said Bruce Lauckner, CEO, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network. “A woman with gestational diabetes will also only have to visit the hospital once during her pregnancy, as opposed to monthly, and input from the community about this move has been overwhelmingly positive.”