May Newsletter 2016

St Helens & District Group

Welcome to tonight`s meeting, which will start with a very short AGM, please help yourself to an agenda and a copy of the accounts for 2015. After the AGM we have a change to the published programme. Dr Sid McNulty has very kindly stepped in to cover for Jan Cardwell, who wasn`t able to come. Dr McNulty is a Consultant Physician &Diabetologist from St Helens Specialist Diabetes Unit. He will be talking to us on the subject of: Cholesterol and Diabetes”.

Copies of the agenda for tonight`s AGM and  the Accounts for the year ending Dec 2015 are available at the front, please help yourself. Any questions re the accounts, please see Caroline, our Treasurer.

New Prog Cards for 2016/17 are available tonight, please help yourself and take some spare ones to pass on to anyone else who may be interested. It would be very helpful for us if you could assist us in publicising our group, by taking some to your local Pharmacy, Doctors, Opticians, libraries and Sports Centres etc, please take as many as you can use.

Relocation of Smokefree St Helens Hub Many people are trying to give up smoking to improve their health, but if you have diabetes it is even more important not to smoke. Smokefree St Helens offers many different ways to help you, see the leaflets at the front. On Tuesday 3rd May they we will be moving to a new base in the Hardshaw Centre, Church St, St Helens, where they will continue to offer support & advice on quitting smoking. Opening times are Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm and Saturday 10am till 2pm. The contact number remains the same: 01744 586 247 or you can email maureen.baines@nhs.net There will be a public launch event on Thurs 12th May at 1.30pm, where you can meet the Smokefree team, have a look round and see how they can help you to quit. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Sick day rules/guidelines At our last meeting Suzanne Keigan and Sue Michaels, who are both Diab Nurse Specialists, were talking to us about how we can look after ourselves when we are ill. It was a very interesting and informative evening and they very kindly left us some leaflets about illness and diabetes, please help yourself.  

Share your experience of diabetes footcare, if you have had foot problems related to your diabetes, please help Diabetes UK raise awareness of the importance of good footcare by filling in their quick, anonymous survey. Your experience can help others appreciate the need for diabetes foot care and hopefully avoid problems in the future. There a growing number of diabetes-related amputations, with around 135 each week, but the shocking fact is that four out of every five are preventable! Please share your experience and help make sure that other people living with diabetes can avoid serious foot problems and amputations. Go to campaigns.diabetes.org.uk then click on “share your experiences of diabetes footcare” Or for further details contact Stefan on 0345 123 2399. And remember to have your annual foot check!

Have you visited our Group`s website yet? Go to the address below for information about our group www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org

Free health check and information available at “Healthy in St Helens Event” As mentioned last month, this event will be on Fri 20th and Sat 21st May in Church Square, St Helens, from10am - 4pm. 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`s queries. Free and fun family activities will take place throughout the event, 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 or help yourself to information at the front.

St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG) is made up of 35 local GP practices, health & social care professionals, patients and the public. They are committed to listening to, involving and understanding our needs as patients and individuals. If you think you would like to learn more, understand the local health and care system, and get involved in decisions that may affect you and your family, please contact the Engagement & Involvement team on 01744627596 or 01744 624269 or you can Fill in a webform by going to www.sthelensccg.nhs.uk/Get_Involved/membership-form.aspx

Do you ever wonder why your blood sugar levels sometimes seem to get worse? Remember, just about everything that happens in your daily life affects your blood sugar levels. Any sort of stressful situation, like exams, new job, moving house, bereavement, and illness can all affect your blood sugar levels. When stressed or anxious the body releases adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone) which in turn raises your sugar levels. We all know that living with a Long Term Condition, like diabetes can be difficult. If you`re feeling anxious or depressed, you probably won`t look after yourself as well as normal, so ask your Dr or nurse about emotional and psychological support. If you test your blood sugar levels at home, make sure you know what targets you should be aiming for. If you`re not sure, ask your Diabetes Health Care Team. 

Diabetes UK `s  Step 10,000 Challenge is an exciting new event being launched by DUK to encourage people to get fit and raise money at the same time. The challenge is to take at least 10,000 steps every day for each of the 30 days in June. You can reach your target by walking, running or even dancing! For further details go to www.diabetes.org.uk/Step-10000 or call the Fundraising Events Team on 0345 123 2399. Good Luck!

Details of next meeting :

Have you visited our Group`s website yet? Go to the address below for information about our group www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org

Free health check and information available at “Healthy in St Helens Event” As mentioned last month, this event will be on Fri 20th and Sat 21st May in Church Square, St Helens, from10am - 4pm. 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`s queries. Free and fun family activities will take place throughout the event, 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 or help yourself to information at the front.

St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG) is made up of 35 local GP practices, health & social care professionals, patients and the public. They are committed to listening to, involving and understanding our needs as patients and individuals. If you think you would like to learn more, understand the local health and care system, and get involved in decisions that may affect you and your family, please contact the Engagement & Involvement team on 01744627596 or 01744 624269 or you can Fill in a webform by going to www.sthelensccg.nhs.uk/Get_Involved/membership-form.aspx

Do you ever wonder why your blood sugar levels sometimes seem to get worse? Remember, just about everything that happens in your daily life affects your blood sugar levels. Any sort of stressful situation, like exams, new job, moving house, bereavement, and illness can all affect your blood sugar levels. When stressed or anxious the body releases adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone) which in turn raises your sugar levels. We all know that living with a Long Term Condition, like diabetes can be difficult. If you`re feeling anxious or depressed, you probably won`t look after yourself as well as normal, so ask your Dr or nurse about emotional and psychological support. If you test your blood sugar levels at home, make sure you know what targets you should be aiming for. If you`re not sure, ask your Diabetes Health Care Team.   

Diabetes UK `s  Step 10,000 Challenge is an exciting new event being launched by DUK to encourage people to get fit and raise money at the same time. The challenge is to take at least 10,000 steps every day for each of the 30 days in June. You can reach your target by walking, running or even dancing! For further details go to www.diabetes.org.uk/Step-10000 or call the Fundraising Events Team on 0345 123 2399. Good Luck!

Details of next meeting :

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Have you visited our Group`s website yet? Go to the address below for information about our group www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org

Free health check and information available at “Healthy in St Helens Event” As mentioned last month, this event will be on Fri 20th and Sat 21st May in Church Square, St Helens, from10am - 4pm. 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`s queries. Free and fun family activities will take place throughout the event, 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 or help yourself to information at the front.

St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG) is made up of 35 local GP practices, health & social care professionals, patients and the public. They are committed to listening to, involving and understanding our needs as patients and individuals. If you think you would like to learn more, understand the local health and care system, and get involved in decisions that may affect you and your family, please contact the Engagement & Involvement team on 01744627596 or 01744 624269 or you can Fill in a webform by going to www.sthelensccg.nhs.uk/Get_Involved/membership-form.aspx

 

 

Do you ever wonder why your blood sugar levels sometimes seem to get worse? Remember, just about everything that happens in your daily life affects your blood sugar levels. Any sort of stressful situation, like exams, new job, moving house, bereavement, and illness can all affect your blood sugar levels. When stressed or anxious the body releases adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone) which in turn raises your sugar levels. We all know that living with a Long Term Condition, like diabetes can be difficult. If you`re feeling anxious or depressed, you probably won`t look after yourself as well as normal, so ask your Dr or nurse about emotional and psychological support. If you test your blood sugar levels at home, make sure you know what targets you should be aiming for. If you`re not sure, ask your Diabetes Health Care Team.   

 

Diabetes UK `s  Step 10,000 Challenge is an exciting new event being launched by DUK to encourage people to get fit and raise money at the same time. The challenge is to take at least 10,000 steps every day for each of the 30 days in June. You can reach your target by walking, running or even dancing! For further details go to www.diabetes.org.uk/Step-10000 or call the Fundraising Events Team on 0345 123 2399. Good Luck!

Details of next meeting :

  Date . . . . . . . Wednesday 1st June 2016, 7.30pm.

  Subject . . . . . Diabetes – your questions answered.

  Speaker . . . . . Professor Kevin Hardy, Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist,

       Specialist Diabetes Unit, St Helens Hospital.

Please note, this meeting will be back in our usual venue, in the Town Hall.