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Diabetes care shifts from hospital to clinics

The Guelph Family Health Team and Guelph General Hospital are working to reduce trips to the hospital for women with gestational diabetes.
Previously, women who were not diabetic but developed diabetic symptoms while pregnant would have the condition monitored at Guelph General Hospital once per month. Now, patients will be transferred from the hospital to facilities that will offer more convenient locations and improved hours in their community.
For the plan, the hospital surveyed current and previous patients, local midwives and obstetricians. There was unanimous support and an overwhelmingly positive response from the public, a news release said.
The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network  reviewed the plan in May and decided not to stop the integration of gestational diabetes care and transfer of patients from hospitals to the Guelph Family Health Team.
Now, the health team and Guelph General are working to ensure that, as of July 15, patients will receive comprehensive ‘Diabetes Care’ at three locations – the Dawson Road Family Medical Centre, Guelph Community Health Centre and the Surrey Street Medical Complex.

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