Department of Health written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure early diagnosis and referrals to specialist care for patients with lipodystrophy.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In 2012, Cambridge University Hospital was commissioned as a single Highly Specialised Service for Severe Insulin Resistance service which can assess, provide assistance with diagnosis, and treat patients with generalised or partial lipodystrophy.

Based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the National Severe Insulin Resistance Service provides a multidisciplinary NHS service for patients with severe insulin resistance and / or lipodystrophy from across England. The service supports both adult and paediatric patients.

Patients who meet the relevant criteria can be referred to the service by their treating clinician. A copy of Information for referring clinicians, including details of the referral criteria, is attached.

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