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Learning to live with diabetes: nurses who show the way

Nurses such as those in a team led by Theresa Smyth are pivotal to good management of diabetes, guiding patients over the long term on how to control it

Nurses such as those in a team led by Theresa Smyth are pivotal to good management of diabetes, guiding patients over the long term on how to control it

Following a patient from initial diagnosis through the various milestones of their life is among the major attractions of working in diabetes for consultant nurse Theresa Smyth.

‘In other fields, a patient comes onto a ward and is eventually discharged, so you often don’t see them again,’ says Ms Smyth, who has worked at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust throughout her career.

‘But because this is a long-term condition, you’re with them the whole way, helping to make a difference as they learn to live with diabetes.’

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