Diabetes Week events in Tayside

Tayside Diabetes Managed Clinical Network will mark Diabetes Week with information events for sufferers and their families.

It runs from June 9 to 15 and the events will also be open to members of the public.

There are around 21,000 people living with diabetes across Tayside and the number increases every year. Around 1,900 of these have Type 1 diabetes and the rest have Type 2 diabetes - both types of diabetes are lifelong conditions.

This year’s focus of Diabetes Week is research - there have been breakthroughs in diabetes research for more than 75 years, and work continues towards achieving a future without diabetes.

On Monday (June 10), staff from Tayside Diabetes Team, Scottish Diabetes Research Network and members of Dundee Diabetes UK Group and TayKids will be manning an information stand in the main foyer of Ninewells Hospital. They will be giving out information on diabetes aimed at raising public awareness of the symptoms of the disease as well as information on how to live well with diabetes and opportunities to become involved in research into the condition.

Next Saturday (June 15) at 10 a.m., the Tayside Paediatric Diabetes Team will be holding an information morning in Lecture Theatre 2 at Ninewells where Professor Steve Greene will give an update on developments in treatment and the diabetes service.

All families of children with diabetes who attend the Tayside service are welcome. Contact Caroline McAuley on 01382 740409 if you would like to come along.

People with diabetes and their families who attend specialist diabetes services are also being given the opportunity to feed back on their experience of diabetes. This is a quick and easy online questionnaire which can be found at www.yournhstayside.scot.nhs.uk in the ‘Consultations’ section.

Diabetes Managed Clinical Network manager Elaine Wilson said: “Living with diabetes can be very challenging. That is why it is important for people affected to have access to the right information, education, support and services to help them manage their diabetes more effectively.

“We hope that people will have the opportunity to come along to one of the events and get information which is useful to them and also meet other people with diabetes and families affected by the condition.

“It is also essential that the services we provide meet the needs of people with diabetes and so that is why we are asking people to tell us about their experiences of accessing and using specialist diabetes services.”