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Support available for diabetes sufferers

Ahead of World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2017, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG wants to raise awareness of NHS services which can help people who already have, or who are at risk of, diabetes.

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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have a number  of initiatives, ranging from services to prevent people from developing diabetes, through to increased access to education and support for people living with diabetes. As well as diabetes prevention programmes, there is now increased support for people living with diabetes thanks to £1.5m of national funding.

An estimated 57,000 people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are thought to have diabetes. Diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. It's the most common cause of vision loss and blindness in people of working age, is responsible for most cases of kidney failure and lower limb amputation, other than accidents. People with diabetes are also up to five times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, such as a stroke, than those without diabetes.

We are working with Diabetes UK and our local providers to hold two events for people with diabetes, their friends and family to find out about local services, and tell us their experiences:

  • The Cambridge event is 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Thursday 23 November 2017 at Cambridge United Football Club, CB5 8LN
  • The Peterborough event is 6.30pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 29 November 2017 at Peterborough United Football Club, PE2 8AL.

To book a place on one of the Diabetes engagement events please call Diabetes UK on: 01376 501390, email Eastern@diabetes.org.uk.

Local NHS services include:

Healthier You diabetes prevention programme

More than 3,000 people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been referred to a free programme to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Anyone who is at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be referred by their GP practice on to the programme. The Healthier You sessions are available in several areas across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and there are both day time and evening sessions available. The classes cover nutrition and exercise and suggested behavioural changes to maintain a healthy weight and become more physically active.

Dr Mark Brookes, CCG clinical lead for diabetes said: “You can find out if you are at risk of developing diabetes through a simple health check and blood test at your GP surgery. It’s important to do this because if you are found to be at risk, simple lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes.

The Healthier You service helps people to make these changes through local and easy to access support, personalised to people’s needs.”

Increasing Diabetes Patient Education Courses

People diagnosed with diabetes can get support through patient education courses. More staff are being recruited and more courses are available, thanks to additional investment. Patients are advised to contact their GP practice if they have not attended an education session before, and they can arrange for you to be referred.

Diabetes UK 15 Healthcare Essentials

We are working with Diabetes UK, local pharmacies and libraries to trial the DUK 15 Healthcare Essentials leaflets. The leaflets set out the 15 essential checks and services everyone with diabetes should receive. Then people with diabetes are given the opportunity to complete a short evaluation postcard, to say what they will do as a result. For example this could be to book and attend their diabetes education course, or to attend their annual review appointment at their GP practice.

09/11/2017