April Newsletter 2016

St Helens & District Group

Welcome to tonight`s meeting, and to our speaker, Suzanne Keigan, who is a Diabetes Nurse Specialist from the Diabetes Unit at St Helens Hospital. Suzannewill be talking to us about how we can cope with our diabetes when we`re ill.

Please remember our next meeting will not be in the Town Hall as usual, but will be in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ, which is next to Windle Pilkington Hall. This meeting will start with a very short AGM, then Dr Sid McNulty, who is a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, from the Specialist Diabetes Unit in St Helens Hospital, will speak to us about Cholesterol and Diabetes.

Your guide to Type 2 Diabetes is a new DUK publication covering all aspects ofdiabetes. Help yourself to one from the front.

Free health check and information available at “Healthy in St Helens Event” On Fri 20th and Sat 21st May from 10am - 4pm in Church Square, St Helens,organised by the Rotary Club of St Helens, in partnership with St Helens Healthy Living Team and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS. This is designed to be a service for the local community while highlighting the positive benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The Healthy Living Team will be on hand to help answer people`squeries whether it is to support them to quit smoking, lose weight or get fit. Free and fun family activities will take place throughout the event, and those who get checked out will be entered into a free prize draw and balloon race. Along with other charities, we will be having a DUK stand. So come along. For further details contact Colin on 07767352677, Or email him at colin18270@blueyonder.co.uk

“Are you affected by sight loss?” is the name of a leaflet published by Sightline Vision NW, they are a free, confidential and Voluntary Telephone Support Helpline.  For further details call FREE on 0800 587 2252, We also have some contact cardsfor Maria Pikulski, who is the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), in the Ophthalmic Dept in St Helens Hospital. Maria came and spoke at one of our meetings last year, about how she can help and support you if you are anxious about eye problems, or if you need help with understanding what a Dr has told you. Please help yourself to either of these from the front.

Free Health Walks in the grounds of Knowsley Hall on Tues 21st June at 6pm Knowsley Active Challenge walks will once again take place at Knowsley Hall. There are two walks on offer which allow you to take in this beautiful, traffic-freelandscape at a leisurely pace, you might even see a local red squirrel, a pair ofkingfishers or even a glimpse of the Safari Park elephants in the distance! You can choose from a 3K or 8K walk (the 3K walk is wheelchair/pushchair friendly). If you have never seen this rural oasis before, don`t miss this opportunity, as it is not usually open to the public! For further details take an application form from the frontor you can email peter.green@knowsley.gov.uk or phone him on 078100 53984.

Citizen’s Advice Information from St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group Did you know, if you or anyone you know is in financial hardship they can apply for a British Gas grant that they don’t have to pay back? Please take one of the information sheets from the front from Citizen’s Advice St Helens with more information.

If you have an email address and would like to be reminded about future meetings and any changes to them, please write your details on the form at the front.

If you need advice on any aspect of diabetes, try ringing the “Talk to people with diabetes, support service.” This can give people the chance to chat with a trained volunteer, who has first-hand experience of living with diabetes. You can call 0843 353 8600, from 6pm – 9pm. Sunday to Friday Or for more details go to www.diabetes.org.uk/voices

Blood glucose monitoring standards, if you use a blood glucose meter to test your glucose levels at home, you need to be aware that from the end of May, the latest ISO Quality Standards come into force for blood glucose monitoring. Any meters that don`t meet the updated criteria will no longer be compliant. Manufacturers were given until the end of May 2016 to update their meters. So if your meter was issued recently it`s likely that it will already be compliant with these latest standards. For further details contact your Healthcare Team or the manufacturer of your meter.

Over 4 million people are now living with diabetes in the UK. These figures, taken from GP Patient Data are also thought to include 549,000 people with undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes! DUK said that the need for the NHS to provide adequate care and diabetes education, is more urgent than ever before, as is the need for a greater focus on the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.

Everyone with diabetes in the UK, should be offered the opportunity toattend a Diabetes Education Course such as DAFNE(Dose adjustment for normal eating) for people with Type 1 diabetes. And DESMOND or X- Pert For people with Type 2 Diabetes. Other courses may also be available locally, so ask your Healthcare Team or GP. Some people find that retirement gives them the extra time they need to attend a Diabetes Education course, remember, it`s never too late to learn more about your diabetes!

Details of next meeting :

Date:     Wednesday 4th May 2016, at 7.30pm.

Subject:  Short AGM, followed by a brief talk on Cholesterol &     Diabetes

Speaker:   Dr Sid McNulty, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, from the Specialist Diabetes Unit in St Helens Hospital,

Please remember – this meeting will be held in the United Reformed Church,King St, St Helens, WA10 2JZ