Scottish Diabetes Campaign Launched

Diabetes campaign launched


People with diabetes will now be able to monitor their own condition through an innovative online service.

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A new campaign – run in partnership with Diabetes UK- shows how a new online tool called ‘MyDiabetesMyWay’, will help people with diabetes manage their conditions more effectively through videos, educational tools and games containing information about diabetes.

In a world first, the interactive website also allows people with diabetes to view their up-to-date clinic results, treatments and advice online.

Figures published in the annual Scottish Diabetes Survey today, show that the number of people with diabetes in Scotland continues to increase by around 10,000 each year. There are now over 247,000 people with diabetes in Scotland – 4.7 per cent of the population.

The majority of those people – 217,500, or 88 per cent – have type 2 diabetes which can often be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices and is also more common in older people.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said:

“Diabetes is a growing problem for Scotland – around £300 million of hospital expenditure relates to diabetes treatment and the management of its complications.

“Now, everyone living with diabetes in Scotland has the opportunity to view their own clinical diabetes data online. And by having access to the right information, people can be supported to self manage and radically reduce the risk of developing complications and serious health problems.

“I would strongly encourage people living with diabetes to sign up and see for themselves how this valuable resource can support them to self manage their condition. Not only will this mean they can live longer, healthier lives it will also protect NHS resources.”

Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns said:

“The Scottish Diabetes Survey published today highlights the increasing number of people with diabetes that is directly related to the ageing of the population and unhealthy lifestyle factors such as obesity.

“We also need to maintain focus on preventing diabetes by tackling the underlying risk factors. Stopping smoking, eating better and taking regular exercise is something we can all do to make sure we are as healthy as possible.”

Director of Diabetes UK Jane-Claire Judson said:

“The relentless rise in people diagnosed means that diabetes deserves immediate attention as a major public health concern. Meeting the challenge of diabetes requires the NHS, Government and society overall to take action to improve our nation’s health and together we need to ensure that those already diagnosed have the best support and care available.”

“Even with the pressures of ever increasing numbers, as indicated today in the new Scottish Diabetes Survey, everyone diagnosed with diabetes is entitled to the best diabetes care possible. Diabetes UK Scotland has developed a set of 15 Healthcare essentials that all those living with the condition should receive. Making sure everyone with diabetes has access to these key services and support systems in place is vital for all those diagnosed.”

HEI Inspection Report: Scottish Ambulance Service

HEI Inspection Report: Scottish Ambulance Service

The Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) today (Monday) published its report relating to an unannounced inspection visit of the Scottish Ambulance Service on 12-14 June 2012.

Scottish Ambulance Service
Scottish Ambulance Service

HEI has been set up to help reduce healthcare associated infection risk to patients through a rigorous inspection framework. The HEI inspection team examined the Scottish Ambulance Service’s self-assessment information and then inspected ambulances at various accident and emergency (A&E) departments to validate this information to assess how clean they were and if they were meeting national standards.

The findings from the visit are set out below, and cover eight requirements that the Scottish Ambulance Service is fully expected to address, plus two recommendations for improvement.

The full HEI inspection report and an improvement action plan developed by the Scottish Ambulance Service to address the identified issues are available to view at

Speaking of the report, Susan Brimelow, HEI Chief Inspector, said “We observed staff complying with hand hygiene practice after they had been in contact with patients and there was good provision of alcohol hand rubs. However, overall we found that infection control is not fully embedded into all aspects of the Scottish Ambulance Service. In particular we found poor communication between the infection control team and staff, and there was inconsistent completion of documentation relating to the cleaning of vehicles. We expect the Scottish Ambulance Service to address these issues as a matter of priority.”                                                         


The Scottish Ambulance Service must:

  1. Ensure that all staff groups adhere to standard infection control precautions to ensure the risk of infection to patients and staff is minimised. This was previously identified as a requirement in the June 2011 inspection report for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
  2. Liaise with ambulance control and health and social care providers to ensure that there is robust risk assessment and communication about patients’ infection status. This will ensure additional precautions can be taken as required when in contact with a patient. This was previously identified as a requirement in the June 2011 inspection report for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
  3. Ensure that all staff are aware of and implement the policy for station and vehicle cleaning. This should reflect the frequency stated within the NHSScotland National Cleaning Services Specification (2009). This will ensure that all vehicles are clean and maintained ready to use at all times. This was previously identified as a requirement in the June 2011 inspection report for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
  4. Ensure that documentation relating to vehicle cleaning is consistently completed.
  5. Ensure that they effectively communicate and implement the policy, with regards to the provision and use of mops, to staff and other NHS partners. This was previously identified as a recommendation in the June 2011 inspection report for the Scottish Ambulance Service.
  6. Review existing internal and external communication methods to ensure that there is effective communication on matters relating to healthcare associated infection.
  7. Ensure that sufficient resources are in place to support education provision.
  8. Ensure that all staff have a specific objective for healthcare associated infection within their personal development plan, and that they understand what this is and how it will be achieved. This was previously identified as a requirement in the June 2011 inspection report for the Scottish Ambulance Service.


The Scottish Ambulance Service should:

  1. Consider how it works with other NHS boards to use existing compliance monitoring data to identify areas for improvement and provide feedback to staff.
  2. Consider how to strengthen awareness of the role of the infection control advisor and other members of the infection control team. The infection control team should also consider working directly with ambulance staff at sites.

What to do when you don’t have Telehealth?

In April, 29th, 1961 a doctor of the 6th Soviet Antarctic expedition Leonid Rogozov aged 27 felt pain in a right lower belly and fever. The next day brought only exasperation. Having no chance to call a plane and being the only doctor at the station “Novolazarevskaya”, at night, in April, 30th the surgeon made an appendix removal operation on himself using local anesthesia. He was assisted by an engineer and the station’s meteorologist.

Leonid Rogozov aged 27

In 1959 Leonid Rogozov graduated from the Institute and was immediately accepted to the surgery clinical residency. However, his studies at the residency were broken off for some time due to Leonid’s trip to Antarctica in September, 1960 as a doctor of the 6th Soviet Antarctic expedition to Novolazarevskaya station.
During this expedition there happened an event that made a 27-year old surgeon world-famous.
In the 4th month of the wintering, in April, 29th, 1961, Leonid showed disturbing symptoms: weakness, nausea, fever and pain in a right iliac region. The following day his temperature got even higher. Being the only doctor in the expedition consisting of 13 people, Leonid diagnosed himself: acute appendicitis. There were no planes at any of the nearest stations, besides, adverse weather conditions would not allow to fly to Novolazarevskaya anyway.

In order to save the sick member of a polar expedition there was needed an urgent operation on site. And the only way out was to operate on himself.

At night, on the 30th of April, 1961, the surgeon was being helped by a mechanical engineer and a meteorologist who were giving him the medical instruments and holding a small mirror at his belly. Lying half bent on the left side, the doctor made a local anesthesia with novocaine solution and made a 12cm incision in the right iliac region with a scalpel. Either watching in the mirror or by touch he removed an inflamed appendix and injected antibiotic in the abdominal cavity.

In 30 or 40 minutes from the beginning of the operation there developed a faint and giddiness and the surgeon had to make pauses for some rest. Nevertheless, by midnight the operation lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes was over. In five days the temperature normalized, in two days more – the stitches were taken out.

In the St. Petersburg Museum of the Arctic and the Antarctic there is an exposure of surgical instruments that Leonid Rogozov applied for this uneasy operation.

LifeWatch V: State-of-the-Art Smartphone with Healthcare Capabilities Empowering Patients and Consumers

NEUHAUSEN AM RHEINFALL, Switzerland —LifeWatch AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: LIFE), the leading wireless cardiac monitoring service and home sleep test provider in the U.S., presents today LifeWatch V, the world’s first-of-its-kind healthcare smartphone. The fully featured state-of-the-art smartphone allows patients as well as health- and wellbeing-conscious consumers to self-operate a wide range of highly valuable embedded medical sensors, wellness-related applications, cloud-based services and 24/7 call center support.

As a next step of its product and geographical diversification LifeWatch presents today LifeWatch V, the world’s first fully featured smartphone which operates on an android OS. The state-of-the-art solution offers multiple sophisticated embedded medical miniature sensors, wellness-related applications, cloud-based services and 24/7 call center support. By using the barely visible sensors on the phone’s frame, patients as well as health- and wellbeing conscious consumers can track, capture, collect and analyze their health and medical measurements anywhere anytime. The features include ECG, body temperature, blood glucose, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, body fat percentage and stress levels (heart rate variability). All collected data can be retrieved from the cloud for a follow-up anytime anywhere. Users can thus take corrective action, plan their diets and activities, securely share the information with a health provider or family member, trend and analyze the data and more. Patients are also able to program the unit to remind them of their drug type, dose and intake time.

LifeWatch V with add-on service offering

LifeWatch V was designed with a flexible service-product ecosystem in mind, allowing easy integration of services. The LifeWatch V handset unit includes a service enablement platform to support the transmission of medical data to be analyzed, evaluated and communicated to health professionals and call center personnel around the clock. The device wirelessly interacts with a cloud-based environment allowing users direct access to a wide range of valuable complementary medical and wellness related services.

Strategic alliances with local partners

Smartphones are positioned to overtake many computing functions that were reserved to computers alone. More importantly, the smartphone has emerged as an intimate device consumers carry with them anywhere and anytime, making it an ideal vehicle to let users self-test their health, especially users with an interest in the medical field. Recent market developments have witnessed the emergence of health-dedicated cellular phones.

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Healthcare across the UK: A comparison of the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

29 June 2012

The National Audit Office has today published a report highlighting key trends and variations in the delivery of healthcare across the four nations of the UK. The report finds that, despite the shared history and similarities between the four nations, there are considerable variations in areas such as health outcomes, spending, staffing and quality.

Life expectancy varies significantly across the UK – from 75.9 in Scotland to 78.6 in England for men, and from 80.4 in Scotland to 82.6 in England for women. Spending on health services in the UK more than doubled in cash terms in the last decade. The rate of increase has been broadly similar in all four nations but spending per person continues to vary. In 2010-11, despite devoting a higher proportion of total public spending to health, England spent the least on health per person.

In line with the rise in spending, the number of NHS staff has increased over the last decade. Scotland has the most GPs per person (80 per 100,000 people in 2009 compared with 70 in England and 65 per 100,000 in both Wales and Northern Ireland). Scotland also has the most medical hospital staff and nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff per person.

Comparable data on the efficiency and quality of healthcare are patchy. In 2008-09, average hospital lengths of stay varied from 4.3 days in England to 6.3 days in Wales.  Hospital waiting times have fallen in all four nations in recent years, although there are notable variations in how long patients wait for common procedures. In 2009-10 waiting times tended to be lower in England and Scotland than in Northern Ireland and Wales. Across the UK, there have been significant improvements in levels of healthcare associated infections. For instance, in the four years to 2010-11, rates of MRSA infection dropped by a third or more in all nations.

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said today:

“We publish this report at a time when the NHS across the UK is under increasing pressure to use resources more efficiently. Funding is tighter while the demand for healthcare continues to grow as a result of an ageing population and advances in drugs and technology.

“We consider that there would be value in the health departments in the four nations carrying out further work to investigate the variations in performance and identify how they can learn from each other to achieve better value for money for taxpayers and better care for patients.”

BCS eHealth Awards 2012

Don’t miss out on your chance to showcase your hard work!


The 2012 eHealth Awards provides the perfect opportunity to show your colleagues and peers what work has been going on in your board. Winners receive prizes, but more importantly recognition among your profession for your achievements.


The Award Ceremony will take place on the first day of the Health Informatics 2012 Conference, 20th September 2012, in the Victoria Room.


The award categories for 2012 are:


Best NHS Scotland use of innovative IT for patient care:

This award will go to the NHS Scotland team demonstrating the most innovative product in use within a clinical setting for direct patient care. The product maybe entirely new or a radical redesign of something existing. The Judges will be looking for something proven to work in a health board clinical setting, though it may be a pilot stage, and demonstrably bringing benefits to patients.


Best NHS Scotland IT service delivery team:

This award will go to the NHS Scotland team with an excellent record of delivering services that improve clinicians working lives, enhance patient care and increase efficiency in their own NHS Scotland board. Entrants will be judged on evidence of their record, effectiveness of communications to and within their own board clinicians, success in engaging other colleagues across the wider NHS, evidence of fulfilment of service agreements, and lastly examples of service above and beyond the norm.


Best NHS Scotland use of Mobile technology in NHS Scotland:

This award will go to the NHS Scotland team demonstrating best use of mobile technology that helps improve the ways in which clinicians work and the benefits and improvements to patient care. Judges will be looking for evidence of benefits they are achieving (eg reduction in errors, savings to the board, improvements to working practices).


Check the website for all details and nomination forms at:

to see presentations and videos of last years winners go here:


The NHS Scotland eHealth Awards are sponsored by BCS Health Scotland as a service for eHealth professionals in Scotland. Go to to find out more info about the 2012 Conference and the Awards.



NHS should give smartphones to patients in remote parts of Scotland

‘Give patients smartphones’ call

Mobile phone apps are expected to be used increasingly by the health service

Giving cheap smartphones to patients living in remote and rural areas has been suggested as a way of providing faster and more cost effective care.

App designer Geoff Wilcock told BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme it would give people access to software that could be created for the NHS.

Mr Wilcox said apps could aid in consultations and cut waiting times.

The Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare said patients expected greater use of technology.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) held a workshop on mobile phone applications last month.

The agency said that by 2014 it was expected that some 77 billion apps will have been downloaded from the Android and Apple phone markets.

Mr Wilcock, who took part in the workshop, said the NHS could provide patients with low-cost smartphones.

He said: “I am a diabetic and I quite easily sympathise with anyone who has to go on a two to three hour trip for a 20 minute meeting with a clinical nurse, or a doctor.

“Very expensive or valuable clinicians are also driving out for long periods to spend equally short times with the patient.”

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