UK diabetes charity launches care campaign

by Barbara Hewitt on April 19, 2013

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UK diabetes charity launches care campaign

A new campaign has been launched in the UK to help ensure more people with diabetes get the right standard of care they need to keep their condition under control. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that all people with diabetes receive nine health checks each year to help manage their condition. However, figures show that almost half of the three million plus people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK fail to get all nine of these vital checks.

Leading charity Diabetes UK has drawn up a list of 15 Healthcare Essentials based on NICE recommended standards of care which it says every diabetic has a right to receive. These include things like measuring blood glucose control, cholesterol and blood pressure, and checking for foot problems, which are important for helping people with diabetes maintain good health and avoid serious complications such as heart disease, stroke and amputation.

The 15 essential checks and services, which are aimed at helping diabetics influence their own care, are set out in adverts in 474 GP surgeries, 185 pharmacies, 20 hospitals and 16 dentists across England and Scotland. ‘Everyone is entitled to the care set out in our 15 Healthcare Essentials but unfortunately we know that too many people are not getting it. We want to make sure people are aware of the care they should be getting and these adverts will help raise awareness of this,’ said Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK.

‘We hope that engaging with people with diabetes in their doctor’s waiting room will reinforce just how important it is for them to get all their checks and prompt them to ask their healthcare professional for further help if they don’t think they are getting the support they are supposed to get and which they need to help them manage their condition,’ she added.

Quote from : “Just 13 per cent of women who have had gestational diabetes receive the right care after giving birth, leaving them at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition, research reveals.”

Meanwhile, a new diabetes research centre is to be built in Dundee, Scotland, after a major fundraising campaign for the facility generated more money than expected. The Diabetes Research Campaign was launched in 2007 to help support studies into the cause and treatment of diabetes at the University of Dundee. The world class Diabetes Translational Research Institute in Dundee will be used to translate basic science in the laboratory into better treatment for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Funds will also be directed at improving clinical research facilities at the city’s Ninewells Hospital and Medical School and Perth Royal Infirmary.

‘Until we do find the cure, which is very much a when and not an if, we are passionate about developments in treatments which minimise the complications for people who have type 1 diabetes,’ said Dr Rory McCrimmon, who leads the type 1 diabetes research team at the University of Dundee. ‘We are proud that, with research projects like this, Scotland is fast becoming the centre for research into type 1 diabetes,’ he added.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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