Approximately 1 million people in Ireland today suffer from Diabetes, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Cardiovascular disease. Many people depend on hospital out-patient services for management of their chronic diseases, which results in delays in appointments for all patients and they may experience gaps in their care as services are stretched. We need a better way of caring for people with these diseases, and we need to do more to prevent them.
To progress this, the HSE has established an Integrated Care Programme for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease. This programme aims to provide better care to people with chronic diseases. This will be achieved by providing a continuum of preventative, management and support services to patient with these conditions. This is built on an approach which helps people understand and care for their own condition in collaboration with their General Practitioner and the general practice team.
This includes easy access to diagnostics and specialist supports in the community and includes a close co-ordination with hospital services so that people can receive the care they need, when they need it and in the most appropriate way for their circumstances, be it at home, in the community or in hospital.
We are currently inviting patients to join this program. For more information take a look at the HSE patient booklet here