People with diabetes are being urged not to ignore any symptoms, amid concerns that some people are delaying contacting their doctors and diabetes teams about symptoms during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Dr Anna Clarke, Diabetes Ireland said people are delaying contacting GPs and hospital diabetes teams “in the belief that they are helping those professionals cope with the current Covid-19 burden.” She said in doing so however they may be risking their own health as their problem escalates.
The HSE and Diabetes Ireland are now urging people with concerns about their diabetes to seek medical advice from their pharmacist, GP or hospital diabetes team.
Dr Diarmuid Quinlan, Cork GP and National ICGP Clinical Lead for Diabetes advised people what to expect.
“The majority of GPs will review any individual with a medical issue, initially by phone or virtual consult and will see face to face if physical examination is required. People with diabetes should not be reluctant to make contact and can be reassured that the medical profession will take all precautions necessary to protect both themselves and their patients from exposure to Covid-19”.
Hospital and community diabetes services are gradually resuming and scaling up delivery of care.
Prof Sean Dinneen, Consultant Endocrinologist and Clinical Lead, National Clinical Programme for Diabetes said there are capacity issues but urged people not to delay seeking care.
“We are in a very fluid environment and diabetes services are experiencing significant capacity issues at present as the health service deals with this pandemic. However, it must be stressed that delays in seeking medical attention often results in additional care being needed. If you have concerns about your diabetes, do not delay in seeking advice from your Pharmacist, GP or diabetes team in the hospital who will advise you on the appropriate steps or actions to take,” he said.