Rotary Club gives machine to hospital’s diabetes team

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The Rotary Club of Waitaki donated an iPro 2 to the diabetes team at Oamaru Hospital on Friday.

The machine was donated by the Rotary Club of Waitaki president Paul Mortimer and member Denis Dove on behalf of the club.

An iPro is used to measure glucose levels in diabetes patients in order to help understand how glucose levels are affected during day-to-day activity.

Mr Mortimer said with diabetes on the increase in the region, it would be well-received.

“It is a very much-needed piece of equipment within the community.”

Rotary member Denis Dove, who has diabetes, organised the donation and the machine, which cost nearly $5000m was purchased with money obtained from fundraisers, Mr Mortimer said.

Diabetes nurse Janet Amies said Oamaru Hospital had one machine already but having two would satisfy demand and lead to better diabetes management. “It gives us an insight into diabetes.”

The machine would help the diabetes team understand how glucose levels were affected by sleep, meals, activity and medication throughout the day, she said.

Diabetes clinic nurse Pat McKeown said a patient would need to wear the machine, which was the size of a coin, on their buttocks (or sometimes their front) for about five days.

Endocrinologist Stephanie Farrand said it gave patients and staff a five-day window into what was happening with the patient’s levels.

It gave them a visual idea of what was happening day-to-day, she said.

By RUBY HARFIELD