A WELL-known GP has launched a consultancy dedicated to improving the health prospects for more than a million people with type two diabetes.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage joined health professionals for the launch of BarlowCollins Ltd at Fareham Innovation Centre.

The enterprise is the brainchild of Dr Donal Collins, who has worked as a GP partner at Fareham’s Highlands Surgery since 1995. He is leaving the NHS to set up the business alongside specialist NHS manager and retired nurse Lin Barlow.

BarlowCollins will be providing advice and treatment for people with type two diabetes, and other metabolic related syndromes related to hyperinsulinaemia, or insulin resistance.

It will also treat people suffering with impacted ear wax.

Diabetes is one of the underlying conditions that can make people more vulnerable to the worst symptoms of Covid-19.

Dr Collins said: “Type two diabetes affects one in 10 adults over the age of 40 and is a rapidly growing issue, not just in the UK but globally.

“Many of the contributory causes relate to diet and lifestyle which can be tackled effectively by giving people accurate information about their blood sugars, together with a tailored programme to bring those markers under control.”

Dr Collins says he has successfully treated type two diabetes in people of all ages, including people in their 70s and 80s, with dietary intervention to reduce hunger.

The business aims to address the causes of type two diabetes rather than only medicating its symptoms.

It says: “We would like to give one million people with type two diabetes the opportunity to get their disease into remission, and a life off medications with better outcomes. This creates value for the individual and the system.”

BarlowCollins offers a microsuction service for people suffering from impacted wax, causing symptoms of ear congestion.

Lin Barlow said: “Ear wax is a real issue for sufferers. With our state of the art equipment, years of experience and range of price points we are aiming to make microsuction accessible for everyone in need of it.”

Dr Collins previously directed a community company, Fareham Area Clinical Enterprise Ltd (FACE), which carried out around 6,000 ear microsuction procedures a year.

He also chaired south Hampshire Primary Care Alliance, a federation of 40 GP practices, and was clinical lead for the NHS Vanguard programme in the region, which won a System Leadership Initiative award from the Health Service Journal in 2019.