King’s College Hospital (KCH) has revealed the results of its best practice physical and mental health model. Three dimensions of care for diabetes at KCH, also known as 3DFD scheme (3 Dimensions of care For Diabetes), sees around 300 patients a year with diabetes who also have mental health related-issues such as needle phobia, depression or anxiety. Since it launched in 2010/11 the statistics show that among patients with diabetes there has been a 45% drop in A&E visits; 43% fewer hospital admissions and 22% fewer hospital bed days, a saving of £850 per patient over a one-year period. www.england.nhs.uk/3dfd
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