The mother of the youngest boy with type 1 diabetes registered at West Suffolk Hospital has thanked Norton Pre-School for ‘going the extra mile’ with his care.
Four-year-old Joshua Hulbert, from Norton , was diagnosed with the condition just after his second birthday and needs to wear an insulin pump 24 hours a day to regulate his blood sugar levels.
For the last two years, Norton Pre-School have cared for Joshua, managing his insulin, food intake and exercise.
The school also helped give Joshua blood tests every two hours to maintain his blood sugar levels.
On Saturday, Joshua’s parents Jessica and Steve and older brother Jake, six, presented flowers and a certificate from type 1 diabetes charity JDRF to staff at the school.
They were joined by NHS staff who have treated Joshua at West Suffolk Hospital, Suffolk County Councillor Jane Storey and MP David Ruffley.
Jessica said: “They really have gone the extra mile for us.
“The pre-school has delivered outstanding care for him and us as a family.
“He has to have blood tests every two hours while he is at school.
“They looked after delivering his insulin whenever he eats and whenever he exercises to make sure he doesn’t have a hypo due to low blood sugar.
“It is so dangerous he could go into a coma.
“They really have gone above and beyond.”
Anne Gladwish, manager at the pre-school said Joshua was a pleasure to care for.
“We were flabbergasted on Saturday to receive the certificate and flowers. “Joshua was a pleasure to care for and be with and there was no way we were going to turn him away.
“It has been a bit of a learning curve for us over the two years.”
“His main carers Penny and Wendy have been brilliant.”
Joshua is due to start at Norton Primary School in September.