Recently-diagnosed Tayside diabetes patients who may be struggling to adapt to lifestyle changes during lockdown will be able to access new support in an online app.
The programme has been developed in partnership with Dundee University and delivers one-to-one support from dietitians, specialist nurses and psychologists for those recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The programme can be delivered through an app or by phone and focuses on long-term behaviour change and diabetes self-management.
Declan Fields, dietetic team lead with NHS Tayside said: “People who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes from January to March this year can self-refer to this new programme which will allow them to speak to a specialist coach and track their progress without leaving the house, making it accessible and convenient.”
Lucy Jones of Oviva, a clinically-led provider of remote NHS services said: “Recent research and headlines have brought home the risk of coronavirus for people living with type 2 diabetes, particularly if they don’t have good control over their blood glucose levels.
“We focus on delivering accessible, engaging and effective support for people remotely to help optimise their blood glucose levels, improve their confidence in managing their diabetes and strengthen their overall health.”