World Diabetes Day - 14 November 2020

Diabetes and the Nurse

The community diabetes team in South Sefton can now offer My Diabetes My Way digital education in the form of an app that can be downloaded onto a smartphone or computer. 

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on all our lives this year. As a community diabetes team, we are trying to support those living with diabetes in South Sefton, during these unprecedented times by delivering clinical services (telephone and face to face clinic appointments with a diabetes specialist nurse or diabetes nurse educator)  and also structured education (telephone sessions  with a diabetes nurse and specialist dietitian).

What the patients say:

Attending structured education improves key outcomes, reduces onset of complications and is cost effective”. (Diabetes UK) People who have attended our Diabetes and You and /or Diabetes and More programmes tell us:

I was a bit in denial, because of my healthy lifestyle, but this has given me insight and improved my knowledge”

“Really enjoyed and gives snapshots of how you can make big changes with little steps”

“Didn’t want to come initially, but thoroughly enjoyed”

“Excellent opportunity to query issues and discuss experiences with others”

“Good advice and a sense of not being alone with diabetes”

“Feel confident in managing diabetes”

The annual World Diabetes Day theme this year aims to raise awareness of the role of the nurse in supporting people living with diabetes.  Nurses and other associated health professionals play a vital role in supporting people to understand their condition and how to self - manage diabetes in the long term. Education and the ongoing development of knowledge and skills to manage diabetes in the long term, are crucial for both health professionals and people living with diabetes, in order to reduce the potential future impact of diabetes.

Please contact your GP for advice if you have some of the symptoms below.

On World Diabetes Day we continue to raise awareness of diabetes and encourage everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes:

  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Going to the toilet more often (particularly at night)
  • Feeling really thirsty
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Genital itching or thrush
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal
  • Blurred vision.

These symptoms can affect adults or children.

Some of the team from South Sefton.

 

For more information about this you can contact them on 0151 475 4285.