In a national first, patients at Blacktown and Mt Druitt hospitals will now be routinely screened for diabetes as part of their overall medical assessment.
Nola Roche, 40, recently discovered she had diabetes during a routine screen at Blacktown Hospital.
The Mount Druitt resident has a family history of diabetes but had no idea she had also developed the condition. “I think the routine testing is a good idea; I would never have found out I had type 2 diabetes otherwise,” she said.
Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Danny O’Connor said early detection is vital in improving health outcomes and quality of life for people with diabetes.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE – 12 Jul 2016 Blacktown Sun, Sydney – Download