The Diabetes Centre at Heartlands Hospital operates as the main hub for all diabetes and endocrinology services at the Trust. The outpatient services are developed based on the local needs of the population as well as in keeping with the academic status of the unit.
Following the integration of Solihull and Heartlands Hospitals to the Trust, there has been improved co-ordination of diabetes services that has enabled effective cross working between the sites. While some of the essential services are made available at both sites, patients from all the three sites have unrestricted access to specialised diabetes services some of which are located at the Heartlands site.
The Diabetes Centre at Heartlands functions as a one stop clinic with access to multi-disciplinary care all under one roof. There are 10,000 patients registered with the diabetes clinics across the Trust, accounting for nearly 26,000 visits annually.
Weight Management Services at Heartlands
The Weight Management Clinic was set up in 2000 at Heartlands Hospital for patients with a BMI of >40. This was in response to the increasing problem of obesity and the lack of provision both locally and nationally, and for research purposes. The clinic has developed a multidisciplinary approach and currently has input from a number of healthcare professionals including the following: