“Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant in Diabetes from University Hospital Southampton, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Southampton, who is also a member of the DRWF Editorial Advisory Board, presented a session titled ‘The Fantastic Journey’ in which we took an historic look back at the history of insulin and different types of tablets, insulin delivery and diabetes management since Banting and Best delivered the first insulin injection to Leonard Thompson 100 years ago. Dr Patel took us through the decades to present day and discussion about what treatments are likely to come next and into the future.
“Sarah Woodman, Head of Service, Physical Health at the Portsmouth and SE Division of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Georgette Alayyan, Lead Diabetes Specialist Dietitian at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, joined forces to deliver a session reminding us of the importance of diet and nutrition in managing diabetes as well as looking at types of carbohydrates and their function, dose adjusting and the support available like the NHS Weight Loss Plan and Type 2 Prevention Programme.
“Julie Weeks (MSc), Occupational Therapist and Shiatsu Practitioner/Teacher and Tai Chi for Health Instructor, did two fantastic sessions about using holistic approaches such as tai chi for our physical and mental wellbeing as part of our overall diabetes management. Julie encouraged our delegates to try some simple and gentle tai chi moves in the peace and surroundings of the hotel gardens. Perfect on such a glorious and sunny day.
“The very important topic of diabetes, eye health and retinal screening was also covered by Lisa Thain, Engagement Officer, and David Matthews, Deputy Programme Manager and Stakeholder and Quality Assurance Manager from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Diabetic Eye Screening Programme. Lisa and David highlighted the importance of attending annual eye screening, what the screening entails, what they look for and the type of treatments undertaken if any stage of retinopathy is detected. They concluded with questions and answers and the rest of their team also had an information stand in the exhibition area complete with cameras and equipment to look at.