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Festive elf delivers daily diabetes messages to hospital staff

By Editor
7th December 2018
Good practice, Inpatient Type 1 diabetes Type 2 diabetes

The subject of inpatient diabetes care has been given a festive twist after a Christmas elf was introduced to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust staff.

The idea, based on Elf on the Shelf that has become popular among parents with small children, was launched by Philip Newland-Jones, a Consultant Pharmacist in Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The toy was introduced on December 1 and will be circulated around several sites in various different areas and departments, changing location on a daily basis, delivering a key message about the condition aimed at healthcare professionals.

Philip said: “The Elf on the Shelf has become a phenomenon and over the last few years has very quickly become an annual Christmas tradition among families, so I wanted to take the idea and use it to inject a bit of fun into spreading the diabetes message across the Trust.

“So far Dot has delivered messages about insulin pens, dosage and diabetes safety among inpatients. It’s only day seven and we’ve been overwhelmed with support. Staff and patients love the idea and it’s building momentum every day. Perhaps, Dot the Elf could become a part of our own tradition here in Southampton every Christmas.

Since she was introduced, Dot the Elf has been found on ward D8, attended a Diabetes Link Nurse team meeting and met with a group of insulin pump users at the local diabetes centre. Her whereabouts is then tweeted by Philip.

To follow Dot’s adventures, follow Philip on Twitter here.

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