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Right Arrow Lancelots help child diabetes team score top marks for care
09 June 2017 at 11:14


The paediatric team looking after children with diabetes at Ormskirk hospital has been recognised as one of the best in the country.

A national audit found they were among the top performers for supporting children with type 1 diabetes in terms of quality improvements.

Jamie Cranham, age seven, from Scarisbrick, near Ormskirk, has been a patient at the hospital since he was diagnosed four years ago with type 1, the most common form of diabetes in youngsters.

His dad, Andrew, is the chair of Lancelots, a Diabetes UK support group for children with Type 1 diabetes. It is named after the lancets used for skin pricks to measure blood sugar.

“Jamie is my role model,” said Andrew. “I look up to him because from an early age, and without a fuss, he’s been able to do all the things he does with the help of the team here at the hospital.

“The Lancelots is somewhere Jamie can meet children like himself. It’s also great for helping parents too and we do fundraising to give support where it’s needed.”

Jamie is pupil at St Cuthbert's Primary School, Halsall, and, when the keen Liverpool FC fan isn’t playing football, he dreams of designing computer apps when he grows up.

His doctor at Ormskirk hospital, Dr May Ng, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, said: “The Lancelots diabetes support group and the support of parents like Andrew and his wife Holly have been key to the success of this unit.

“Without their support, the brilliant professionals and the team that I work with wouldn’t be able to make the steady and continued improvements to the care of our patients.

“Diabetes care has changed enormously in my 18 years as a doctor. With our staff’s expertise and the enthusiasm of the Lancelots, I know we’re ready to embrace emerging treatments and technology that will benefit local children in the years ahead.”

















Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, which means the immune system attacks the pancreas. This means it is then unable to produce insulin. So, glucose cannot be moved out of the bloodstream and into cells. It's not known exactly what triggers the immune system to attack the pancreas, but some researchers have suggested it may be a viral infection. Diabetes can't be cured. Treatment aims to keep blood glucose levels as normal as possible by controlling the symptoms and preventing health problems developing later in life.

2. The National Paediatric Diabetes Audit 2015/16 showed the Ormskirk team had continued to make significant quality improvements. The team’s HbA1c clinical outcome for 15/16 had a median of 7.8% better than the national average. The unit also had more than a third of patients achieving HbA1c targets of less than 7.5%, better than the national average. HbA1c is the gold standard measure for blood glucose control.

3. Ormskirk’s diabetes service has won multiple national award winning initiatives such as the 2015 National Diabetes Quality in Care Award, highly commended runner up for Diabetes Team of the Year in the National BMJ Awards 2015 and best diabetes service performer for North West in the National Paediatric Diabetes Peer Review Assessment Diabetes Quality Improvement Network System 2014. Dr May Ng was recently awarded the Diabetes UK Mary McKinnon Named Lecture Award last week at the DUK Professional Conference

4. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital. We also provide sexual health services across the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.