Each November we recognize National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes day. And there is good reason to focus on raising awareness for this, and other chronic diseases. Diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death in Waterloo Wellington with 8.3% of our population being diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. That number is expected to grow to 11.9% over the next decade.
With diabetes affecting so many of our residents, we recognized that an integrated intake and education system was needed in order to provide the best care possible to residents. In 2013, we provided funding for the development of a centralized intake system for the Diabetes Program in Waterloo Wellington. This program is providing better access to care and reducing wait times for services from up to 16 weeks in some cased down to an average of 3 days for patients with the highest care needs The program is also providing more consistent and accessible education on how to prevent and manage the disease.
As a result, Emergency Department visits for diabetes patients have shows an 82% decrease from 2009 to 2013/14.
- WWLHIN ED Visits by Diabetic Patients 2008: 3247
- WWLHIN ED Visits by Diabetic Patients 2009: 3263
- WWLHIN ED Visits by Diabetic Patients 2013/14: 586
“Access to diabetes education and management for rural residents has greatly improved through Central Intake. This system has streamlined the referral process for all health providers and clients. Central Intake is an excellent model and has improved system navigation, appropriate referral to services and timely access to care.”
Program Coordinator, Community Health Centre
Canadian Diabetes Association:
Diabetes and You: Take Charge Expo
Sunday November 15, 2015 – 9am
Holiday Inn, 30 Fairway Rd S, Kitchener
More info here
To learn more about diabetes in Waterloo Wellington