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Living With Diabetes

At diagnosis you should be given a full explanation of diabetes and a care plan. You should be involved in agreeing goals and targets achievable by you and offered the chance to attend an educational event. Take a note of what is agreed. It will come in useful as you see your progress over time. At the very least you should have annual reviews for your diabetes including an explanation of blood tests, which, ideally, should be done a week or two prior to the consultation, to allow time for the results to be shared with you.

There is a national programme for eye screening for people with diabetes. You should also, as part of your annual health check, have your feet examined and your blood pressure reviewed. Most importantly, you should have an opportunity to discuss your care with your diabetes team and agree the next steps to protect your health.

The above is an extract from the DRWF Patient Information Leaflet What is Diabetes? V6.0, published September 2016 (reviewed within an 18 month period).

How can we support?

We know that a diagnosis of diabetes, like any long-term condition, can feel devastating and overwhelming.

There will be so many questions that you want to ask; so much information available that you don’t know where to start and this can be a daunting prospect.

We provide diabetes and related health information, which is accredited by the NHS England Information Standard Scheme, to reassure you that this information is relevant, clinically evidenced and up-to- date.

We encourage people with all forms of diabetes to carry emergency identification and record their test results to act as a discussion point when meeting with your diabetes healthcare provider. We offer FREE diabetes awareness necklaces and medical check-up card which fits neatly into your purse or wallet.

Honesty and reliability are at the top of our list. If you ask us a question and we don’t know the answer, we will endeavour to find it for you or at the very least point you in the right direction of someone who can.

Our annual event programme is designed to provide an opportunity for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, parents and carers, to come together to learn more about the condition and how to manage effectively. We know that there is a great deal to gain by sharing concerns and feelings with appropriate healthcare professionals and other people with diabetes in a relaxed, unhurried and friendly environment.

We have been organising Diabetes Wellness Events since 2001. Many people choose to return year-on-year to refresh their knowledge and understanding in a supportive environment and also to meet up with old friends, make new ones and generally share diabetes and life experiences.

Evaluating the benefit of our support events is really important to ensure that the content meets the needs of the people who attend. To this end, we invite the attendees to participate in focus groups, surveys and discussion which help us to understand whether we are meeting our aims or helping people to establish and maintain good self-management skills.

Through our information and support programmes, we aim to create a unique and supportive community of like-minded people, who are focused on successful diabetes self-management.