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Diabetes Week marked with supermarket testing and paramedic training

11 June 2012

Diabetes testing in a Derby supermarket and training for paramedics are part of a programme of awareness raising as part of Diabetes Week 2012 (10-16 June), which is set against a backdrop of an increasing prevelance of diabetes. 

The Association of Public Health Observatories reports that in the Derby city area in 2009/10, is it estimated that 6.2% of people over 17 years old have diabetes (14,310 people), while in Derbyshire county that figure is 6% (34,326 people). There is also estimated to be approximately 10,650 people with undiagnosed diabetes across both city and county.

According to Diabetes UK – which organises the Week – right now over 3.7 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, and there are a further 7 million people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, it is estimated that by 2025, five million people in the UK with have diabetes.

Diabetes nurses from the Royal Derby Hospital will be offering free testing for diabetes for members of the public at Morrisons supermarket on Wheatcroft Way on Wednesday 13 June between 9-11am (further supermarket sessions to be confirmed). They will also be carrying out tests and raising awareness near the Royal Derby Hospital main entrance on the afternoon of Wednesday 13 June.

The nurses will also be visiting East Midlands Ambulance Service’s ambulance station in Mickleover, near Derby, to deliver training to paramedics and other frontline ambulance staff. The training will focus on how best to provide treatment for patients suffering from hypoglycemia, with the aim of preventing an unnecessary trip to hospital.

The system in place is that, for each patient suffering from hyopglymcemia EMAS treats, they are contacted by their GP or diabetes nurses for follow up care. The aim of this is to reduce the chance of recurrent hypoglycemic attacks and for the patient to better manage their condition.

Beverley Eaglesfield, diabetes nurse at the Royal Derby Hospital, said: “Every three minutes, someone in the UK learns that they have diabetes. Diabetes UK has just recently published its State of the Nation 2012 report for England, which clearly sets out the rapidly growing scale of the condition and the associated care and treatment costs.

“80% of NHS spending on diabetes goes into managing avoidable complications. Patients can help themselves, and this is why prevention and early identification is so important. We hope supermarket shoppers this week will take a little bit of time for a quick test that could save their health.”

The diabetes department at Derby Hospitals provides specialist services for patients with diabetes throughout Southern Derbyshire, of which there are more than 25,000. It offers a wide range of specialist clinics which are often held jointly with consultants from other departments; and also works closely with GPs and practice nurses to deliver care close to patients’ homes wherever possible.

Partnerships have been formed with GPs in Derby and Derbyshire so that patients can see consultants, diabetes nurses, and diabetes dietitians quickly with joint sharing of diabetes records with the consent of the patient.

The department also runs a number of clinical trials looking at new drug treatments for patients with diabetes.

As part of the week, Diabetes UK is working with the NHS in Derbyshire to host a public ‘Future of Your Diabetes Care’ conference at Pride Park Stadium at 7pm on Thursday 14 June. A panel of healthcare professionals will be answering questions on diabetes and local diabetes care. It’s free and open to everyone. For further details please call 01922 614500. 


For further information, please contact:

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 786947

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Photo/filming opportunities: Happy to accommodate at the supermarkets, at the ambulance station or in the hospital. We will have nursing staff available at all for photos.

Patients: If you’d like to speak to a patient (exclusively) about living with diabetes, how they manage their condition please get in touch. We have several lined up and happy to speak.

Notes to editors:

Type 1 diabetes develops if the body cannot produce any insulin. It usually appears before the age of 40, especially in childhood. It is the less common of the two types of diabetes. It cannot be prevented and it is not known why exactly it develops. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses by injections or via an insulin pump.

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. In addition, tablets and/or insulin can be required.

Hypoglycemia occurs when they level of glucose or sugar present in the blood falls below a set point – 4 mmol/L (millimoles per litre). Hypoglycemia is caused by a variety of different factors, all of which diabetics need to be aware of. Alcohol can cause hypoglycemia, as alcoholic drinks often lower blood sugar levels. Taking too much insulin can also cause hypoglycemic episodes. Hypos can also occur when the body needs more energy that the calories you have eaten can provide. The main symptoms associated with hypoglycemia include sweating, fatigue and feeling dizzy. Hypoglycemic episodes can range from mild to sever. Mild hypoglycemia is generally able to be treated by the individual. However, severe hypoglycemia will need aid from a family member or doctor.

Diabetes UK’s State of the Nation 2012 report can be read here: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Reports/State-of-the-Nation-2012.pdf

About Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operates the Royal Derby Hospital, incorporating the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, London Road Community Hospital and services in the community and some satellite services at other hospitals. The Derby Graduate Entry Medical School, on the Royal Derby Hospital site, is run in partnership with the University of Nottingham.

We pride ourselves on delivering high quality patient care. This has helped put us among the cleanest and safest hospitals in the country. Our vision is to continue to build on our achievements, through ‘Taking Pride in Caring’. We provide a wide range of services including specialist medical and surgical, maternity and fetal medicine, rehabilitation care and accident and emergency services. We have a total of 1,100 beds, many of which are single rooms for improved privacy and dignity for patients.