Diabetes UK Update – Inpatient insight work, South Asian community focused online events, Diabetes and More

Inpatient insight work

Diabetes UK know that during the Coronavirus pandemic hospital care has been different to normal. Which is why they want to hear from people with diabetes, and their carers, who have had a stay in hospital since March 2020. They want to understand people’s experiences so that they can make sure they are doing everything possible to make hospital safe for people with diabetes. Sharing your experiences will involve having a 1-1 interview with a member of the Diabetes UK team during the month of February. All of your experiences will be kept strictly confidential. They will also provide a £25 shopping voucher to say thank you for your time. Vouchers are subject to availability and for those aged 18+ and UK residents. If you would like to participate, or if you have further questions, you can contact us via our helpline on 0345 123 2399 (England, N.Ireland, Wales), 0141 212 8710 (Scotland) or by emailing us at inpatientcare@diabetes.org.uk. A flyer is attached and also available here.

National Inpatient Diabetes COVID-19 Response Webinar

Diabetes UK are excited to let you know that the National Inpatient Diabetes COVID-19 Response group have produced a webinar to be viewed alongside their guidance on treating people with diabetes at the front door. Please visit website to watch this and to read all of their other guidance supporting the delivery of inpatient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Your Child Is Newly Diagnosed With Type 1 – Virtual Q&A Session 

If your child has recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, your family may be going through a challenging time – especially if you’ve had to adjust to your ‘new normal’ during the pandemic. You might be feeling overwhelmed, and you might not have met anyone else with type 1.  Join them for their ‘For Parents and Carers: When Your Child Is Newly Diagnosed With Type 1’ Virtual Q&A Session on Monday 22 February, 7-8.30pm. You’ll hear from five fabulous volunteers who all live with type 1 diabetes and know exactly how diagnosis feels. You can send through any questions you have, no matter how big or small. Book your free place here: https://eu.eventscloud.com/esurvey/200042039   

Please note: This session is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people with type 1, aged 0-17.  

South Asian community focused online events

Diabetes UK colleagues in the South East are hosting two free online events for people from the South Asian community. You don’t have to live in the South East to attend and anyone interested can register on the links below.

Thursday 25 Feb 10.30-12.00pmPre-Diabetes and reducing risks of developing type 2 diabetes in the South Asian community. (Dr Shiba Qamar, GP & Aqib Elahi, NDPP educator) Register here: https://tinyurl.com/yybolndr  
Thursday 4 March 2.00-3.30pmSelf Management: Empowering people with type 2 diabetes from the South Asian community. (Dr Binodh Chathanath, GP) Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y4dy8be5  

Vaccine Q&A Session video

Diabetes UK pages on diabetes and the coronavirus vaccine now also include our vaccine Q&A session video. Watch a panel of healthcare professionals answer your questions about the coronavirus vaccine, including how safe it is for people with diabetes. Diabetes UK recorded this Q&A in January 2021.

New guide to diabetes and moving more

Diabetes UK new Guide to moving more is now available to download from their shop or from our exercise web pages – it contains information about why it’s important to move more when you have diabetes, as well as ways to include different types of activity into daily life. There’s also space for users to track their progress over a 10-week journey and reflect on what they’re learning along the way.

Challenge yourself with FakeAway Feb

This February, Diabetes UK are asking people across the region to keep up the new year motivation by signing up to take part in Diabetes UK’s first ever FakeAway Feb. Challenge yourself to swap processed foods and takeaways for healthier alternatives throughout the month of February, while raising vital funds for diabetes research. With Diabetes UK by your side to provide advice, support, and most importantly – delicious recipes, FakeAway Feb is here to kickstart your home-cooking journey. When you sign up, you’ll receive access to the online community where members can share cooking tips and tricks, as well as access to the FakeAway Feb Toolkit – where you can download your free meal planner. It’s simple – one month, totally homemade. Sign up to FakeAway Feb today, and kickstart your journey to a healthier you.

Ongoing advice and support

Please remember that anyone affected by diabetes can continue to access information and support through the following channels:

Diabetes UK’s regional Facebook Group  – Diabetes Chat: Your friend in the North: www.facebook.com/groups/193410685443622

Diabetes UK’s Helpline: Call: 0345 123 2399*, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm or Email: helpline@diabetes.org.uk

*Calls to 0345 numbers cost no more than calls to geographic (01 and 02) numbers and must be included in inclusive minutes on mobile phones and discount schemes. Calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute while calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute. Calls from landlines and mobiles to 0345 numbers are included in free call packages. Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes.

Diabetes UK’s coronavirus advice web pages: www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus

Diabetes UK’s Learning Zone: www.diabetes.org.uk/learn