After identifying a need for private outpatient diabetes services, Dr Katherine Tonks, Endocrinologist, was awarded a grant from the Foundation, to assist with the establishment of Mater Diabetes and Endocrine Centre.
The newly opened centre is the only private hospital, multidisciplinary, outpatient service in NSW, providing an integrated service in one location. This means that for the first time, patients can access their Endocrinologist, Credentialed Diabetes Educator and Accredited Practising dietician in one clinic.
In contrast to group consultation and education programs available elsewhere, this busy multidisciplinary clinic provides optimised personalised patient-centred care, offering a one-on –one service for patients diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes.
The Centre provides access to diabetes services for patients who would prefer personalised care, but also, importantly, for those patients who travel to the Mater from remote and rural areas, integrated diabetes management can now be obtained without visits to multiple locations. Co-localisation of clinical specialists means that cross-consultation is effortless sand occurs without delay.
Patient’s medical records are now remotely accessible to all practitioners involved in the patient’s care, both during and outside of clinic hours. Patients now have access to their specialist at any time online, to ask questions about their condition and voice any concerns. This enables the patient’s to rapidly achieve and maintain ‘stabilisation’ of their condition, with their questions being answered in real time, without having to wait for clinic appointments.
“The Diabetes and Endocrine Centre epitomises our goal of providing person centred care at the Mater. Dr Tonks and her dedicated team have identified an opportunity to make the patient journey as easy as possible, delivering the highest standards of care available in this field.”
John Pitsonis, General Manager, Mater Hospital.
The Foundation is proud to have assisted with funding of such a high quality service.