Almost 130,000 people in North West London are currently living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The £2.3 million award (the most awarded to any NHS region in the country), will help to transform patient’s treatment and care, and increase awareness, helping to prevent more people contracting the condition.
To support patients in North West London we will:
- Help people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes better understand their condition
- help to reduce cases of Type 2 diabetes by encouraging people to make positive lifestyle changes and take better care of themselves
- identify and treat more patients with high blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure to prevent any complications caused by diabetes
- increase care and expertise across GP, community, social care and hospital services.
Dr Tony Willis, Diabetes Clinical Director for the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said: “Over 25,000 people across North West London are living with poorly managed diabetes and around 55 per cent of these are under the age of 60. This exciting new work will benefit our patients as better managed diabetes could lead to significant reductions in kidney disease, blindness, amputations, heart attacks, strokes and early deaths.”
Currently, over a quarter of emergency overnight stays in hospital are for people with diabetes. Helping these people to better manage their diabetes will reduce diabetic complications and could mean 24,000 fewer days in hospital for our patients.
Elizabeth Pigott, 75, who lives in Hammersmith and Fulham said: “As someone living with diabetes I look forward to seeing how this new funding will help to transform care for myself and others like me who are trying to manage the condition. I am happy to know that health professionals across North West London will be working together to support us.”
This week is national Diabetes Week (11 – 17 June), the theme is ‘know diabetes, fight diabetes’, to raise awareness about the condition. Diabetes is a serious condition, but there are things you can do to help manage it and avoid developing serious complications. Visit www.diabetes.org.uk for tips on how to prevent diabetes and manage the condition if you have been diagnosed.
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