With around 700 people diagnosed with diabetes every day in the UK, the Trust’s diabetes service has introduced new diabetes clinics in Lancashire to empower people with the condition to how best manage it.
Lancashire Care is the local provider of a national programme called DESMOND that supports people living with Type 2 diabetes. DESMOND, which is an acronym for Diabetes Education and Self-Management for On-going and Newly Diagnosed, is now holding clinic sessions in Coppull, Chorley, Longridge and Poluton Le-Fylde.
Heather Platt, Diabetes Structured Education Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“There is an estimated 4.5 million people living with diabetes in the UK with around 1.1 million people who have the condition but have not been diagnosed. Additionally, some 11.9 million people in the UK are at increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Evidence shows the best way to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes is by eating better, moving more and reducing your weight if overweight.
“These new clinics are designed to help members of the public living with Diabetes know how to successfully manage their condition. The DESMOND programme ensures that we provide that education and it is important that anyone living with the condition knows there is free and helpful education out there.’’
Addresses for the new venues are as follows:
Coppull Community Clinic, 2 Springfield Road, Coppull, PR7 5EJ
Cotswold Supported Housing, Cotswold House, Cotswold Road, Chorley, PR7 3HW
Longridge Community Hospital, St. Wilfrids Terrace, Longridge, Preston, PR3 3WQ
Wyre Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 7PU
For more information about DESMOND in Lancashire ring 01772 777620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, speak to your GP, practice nurse or health care professional. For general advice on any form of diabetes, call the Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk. For further information about the national DESMOND project visit www.desmond-project.org.uk.