At the July meeting of the Swindon Group of Diabetes U.K. Mandie Olive (pictured), a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, from the Great Western Hospital, gave a talk, entitled “ The Progress and Development in Insulin Pump Therapy.”
In the 70’s Dr John Pickup, Professor of Diabetes and Metabolism developed one of the first insulin pumps. It was a rather cumbersome contraption but it was certainly a step forward. During the past 40 years great progress has been made and the devices are much smaller and certainly very reliable.
Insulin pumps are small portable devices that are attached to the body and deliver constant and accurate amounts of rapid or short acting insulin via a catheter placed under the skin.
There are many benefits for the users of these pumps because it can read the user’s needs and release correct amounts of insulin, as and when required. Also the need for multiple injections, up to 4 per day, and which are administered by the patient is reduced to one every 3 days. This is when the needle on the pump has to be changed.
The information in the pump can be downloaded on to a computer which is certainly of a major benefit to the patient and of equal importance to the doctor or nurse that is caring for the patient as the results are true and accurate statements.
Currently there are 108 people in Swindon using an insulin pump with 7 more expected to be added in the near future. Mandie stated that an extra 20 pumps would be available in the coming year and she has found that once people use the pump they invariably stay on them.
The Swindon Group of Diabetes U.K. meets every first Tuesday in the month except for August. The meetings are held at the Broadgreen Community Centre at 7.30 pm and are usually over by 9.00 pm. We always have excellent and well informed speakers so why not come along and join us.
Our next meeting is on September 4 and our speaker is Dr. Jon Freeman,Clinical Psychologist with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, who will give a taster on a course that he runs “Managing your Type 2 Diabetes” which deals with the psychology of having Type 2 diabetes.
If you want more information about the Swindon Group visit our web site in the Charities and Voluntary Groups section at www.commungate.co.uk/wilts.