The diabetes and endocrinology centre at the Heartlands site was established in 1985 under the leadership of Professor Anthony Barnett and has since grown into one of the largest and renowned diabetes units in the United Kingdom providing a wide range of services to patients with diabetes. The Diabetes & Endocrine service at Birmingham Heartland Hospital moved into its purpose built facility in September 2009. The service offers a local and tertiary referral service and is closely affiliated with local universities.
Most of the diabetes services are multi-disciplinary and supported by well-trained medical, nursing staff, podiatry teams, dieticians and psychologist. In addition, some of the more specialised tertiary referral services are provided at the Heartlands site. All teams have nominated leads and work closely with other specialists such as Vascular surgeons, Ophthalmologists, Obstetricians, Paediatricians and Orthopaedic surgeons to provide excellent multi-disciplinary care across the three sites.
The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in England serving a multi ethnic population of over 1 million. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust now incorporates Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Birmingham Chest Clinic, with well-established services across all the three major hospital sites. It is estimated that nearly 10% of the population served by the trust have diabetes with some ethnic groups such as the south Asian community having much higher rates. In addition, there is a significant variation in the economic status within the population with some of the most deprived areas having a higher prevalence of diabetes and other chronic diseases.
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