February Newsletter 2016


Welcome to the first meeting of 2016. We would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! We are delighted to welcome back one of our most popular speakers, Dr Stuart Bootle. Stuart is a doctor with an interest in diabetes, he is also a Health Care Business Consultant, and has diabetes himself, so he is an ideal person to chat to us about diabetes! So get ready with all those queries that you have never quite managed to find an answer to!

Changes to Diabetes UK,We would like to pass on our good wishes to the new Chief Exec of DUK, who is Chris Askew, he took over from Barbara Young in Sept. Barbara had been in post for 5 years. Richard Lane has also left after 7 years as President of DUK. We are still awaiting confirmation of Diabetes UK`s newPresident. We would like to pass on our sincere thanks to both Barbara and Richard for all their hard work, and wish them both well for the future. Richard is still continuing his sterling work for DUK, as the Inaugural Ambassador.

St Helens Hospital rated OUTSTANDING by the Health Watchdog! It was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This makes it one of just three in the country to be rated this highly! Whiston Hospital was rated GOOD. Both hospitals, which are run by the same NHS trust, are now among the best in the country! Congratulations to all the staff and managers!

Diabetes Week 2016, Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016 This year Diabetes Week will be used to try and set the record straight about diabetes. Diabetes UK will be uncovering the truth about the condition, and what it’s like to live with the condition  every day. Over the coming months we’ll be asking about your diabetes truths; the things you’d like people to know about diabetes, and the diabetes myths. More information will be available shortly, but if you’d like to help us separate the fact from the fiction, you can register your interest now, email diabetesweek@diabetes.org.uk.

It is vital that everyone with diabetes has their eyes screened annually, so that the early signs of Diabetic Retinopathy can be picked up and hopefully treated before they cause sight problems. Your Dr should have referred you to the Retinal Screening Programme when your diabetes was firstdiagnosed. If you have not been called for screening in the last year, ring the Screening Office on 0151 495 5100. Help yourself to Eye leaflets and contact cards for Maria Pikulski the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), from the front, and remember, your vision is precious, so look after it!

Meeting suggestions It`s that time of year again when we need to start planning our new programme of meetings. Please help us by writing any ideas for topics you would like us to cover in the future, on the slips of paper on the chairs, and leave them on the table as you go out. Thanks!

How do you dispose of your sharps? The safe method is in a sharps bin, supplied and emptied free of charge by your Local Council. If you live in St Helens you can requestthe service yourself, by phoning 01744 676789. For Knowsley residents, referral needs to be made by a Healthcare Professional. Ask them to phone 0151 443 2400, on your behalf.

Save the date for this year`s Tesco Big Collection! It will take place on 16th & 17th Sept 2016. Once again Diabetes UK has linked up with Tesco and the British Heart Foundation, to help raise money and boost the health of the nation. This year the two Charities will be trying to run our biggest and best collection yet. We will need volunteers, and lots of them. So if you’re up for a laugh, keen to raise vital funds and don`t mind sporting blue hair and a big smile occasionally! You can register your interest in the Tesco Big Collection by emailing volunteering@diabetes.org.uk.

DUK`s North West Volunteer Conference will take place on Sat 13th February at Liverpool Football Club, Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH, from 9am - 4.00pm. The conference is open to all Diabetes UK Volunteers, local Group Members and fundraisers. Refreshments are provided and admission is free. There will be a packed programme with

special guests updating us on their research projects and the “Future of Diabetes Services in the North West”. Free parking will be available at the ground. For further details or to book a place, email Jessica.graham@diabetes.org.uk or contact Jess on 01925 644 566

Warning! - Cold weather and diabetes. People with diabetes who have peripheral vascular disease can develop frost bite if their feet are not warmly protected. This can eventually lead to gangrene and amputation. Also, those injecting insulin need to be aware that it is absorbed more slowly from a cold injection site. Blood flow to the subcutaneous tissue is reduced with cold, and then increases when the site warms up, causing unexpected hypoglycaemia as the insulin is suddenly absorbed.

Giving the gift of blood This time of year blood stocks run very low. You can donateblood as long as you don`t treat your diabetes with insulin. For further details call The National Blood Service helpline on 0300 123 2323 or visit www.blood.co.uk

Ways to Wellbeing is a new programme of free courses and activities, running over the next 3 months in St Helens. These courses can help you to learn new ways to improve your wellbeing. For further information pick up a sheet from the front, or contact the Wellbeing Enterprises Team, by phoning 01928 589799, emailing info@wellbeingenterprises.org.uk or you can book online at www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk by 

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? Many people are under the misapprehension that Type 1 diabetes is far more serious than Type 2, and that if you were diagnosed with Type 2 but start using insulin, then that means you have become Type1. Both these statements are Not true! Help yourself to a sheet from the front to find out the facts.

Details of next meeting :

Date . . . . . . . Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at 7.30pm.

Subject . . . . . The Myths and Truths of diabetes.

Speaker . . . . Sarah O`Brien, Chief Nurse, St Helens CCG.