A trial of a new way of caring for patients with diabetes has proved so successful it is to be rolled out to other parts of the Royal United Hospital, Bath.

Consultant diabetologist Dr Marc Atkin said: “By dramatically increasing the number of patients seen by a diabetes specialist within 24 hours of admission we have been able to prevent a significant number of unnecessary admissions and improvement in discharge times.

“Staff knowledge of good diabetes care also improved as a result of dedicated training sessions.

“The project is now funded to run permanently in the Medical Assessment Unit with a view to the scheme being rolled out to other parts of the hospital in the near future.”