NHS Grampian chief quizzed over level of care for diabetic children

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Fears over level of care for diabetic children in Moray

FEARS THAT CHILDREN who suffer from Diabetes are not receiving a sufficient level of care in Moray are being investigated by the region’s MSP.

Richard Lochhead has written to the Chief Executive of NHS Grampian, Malcolm Wright, seeking clarification over the level of service available at Dr Gray’s Hospital.

His intervention comes after the MSP learned from constituents that there is only one Diabetes specialist paediatric nurse caring for young patients with the condition. Even that nurse is shared with Aberdeen – fostering concern that parents are feeling unsupported.

Parents have been telling Mr Lochhead that Moray’s diabetic children do not receive the same level of service as those in Aberdeen, who are able to count on much greater levels of support.

Mr Lochhead said: “Diabetes is a complex condition which can be difficult to manage and it is vital that children in Moray living with this condition receive the support and care they need.

“There are concerns amongst some parents that their kids are not receiving an equitable service to young patients who are cared for at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

“I am keen to ensure that patients in Moray are not disadvantaged and that NHS Grampian are doing all they can to provide adequate levels of support to families in Moray who are dealing with diabetes.

“I have made the Chief Executive aware of the concerns of some local parents and have asked that he provide details of any plans NHS Grampian has to protect and increase specialist services for diabetic children at Dr Gray’s.”