Diabetes UK has a range of new resources and support available for those affected by diabetes.
New symptoms of diabetes video
A brand new video helps to raise awareness of the symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and ensure that people are diagnosed and receive the right treatment as soon as possible. During the coronavirus pandemic it’s still really important for people to talk to a healthcare professional if they notice any of these signs and symptoms.
- On the Diabetes UK website: Symptoms of diabetes | Type 1 and Type 2 | Diabetes UK
- On YouTube: brand new symptoms of diabetes video
- Awareness raising information and resources about the 4Ts of type 1 diabetes can also be found on the website – Do you know the 4 Ts of Type 1 diabetes? | Diabetes UK
New delegation of insulin resources
A voluntary England framework has been developed by Diabetes UK, the NHS and other stakeholders to allow expanded capacity to community teams who administer insulin to patients. These documents and supporting materials are based on best practice, input from stakeholders and an expert working group, as well as the experience of eight national exemplar sites. They are relevant to NHS organisations, community interest companies, social enterprises, independent sector providers, adult social care providers that have staff caring for adults who require insulin administration by pen and have voluntarily agreed to take part in a delegation scheme. Delegation of Insulin Administration | Diabetes UK
The next #TheBig1 event for adults with t1
An online peer support event, ‘top tips for type 1’, is running on 23rd Feb at 6:30-8pm. The event for adults living with type 1 diabetes and open to people living in all areas. It’s a small group session which encourages peer support and conversation between session attendees. This poster provides more information and anyone interested can sign up for free on this link: https://eu.eventscloud.com/big1toptips
Coronavirus vaccine and diabetes
You can find out the latest information about the coronavirus vaccines on the website: Coronavirus vaccines and diabetes | Latest updates | Diabetes UK. If you have diabetes, you are strongly encouraged to get the coronavirus vaccine and take whichever vaccine you’re offered. This is because people with diabetes are vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they do get coronavirus, and vaccines are the most effective way to prevent that from happening. Information is also available on the acceptability of the vaccine to the Muslim community and from the Catholic church on the links below:
- British Muslim Medical Association: Position Statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine by British Muslim Medical Association and Position Statement on the Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine by British Muslim Medical Association
- Catholic Church: Update on COVID-19 and Vaccination from The Catholic Church Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Ongoing advice and support
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: [email protected]
- *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
Please get in touch with [email protected] for further information or support from Diabetes UK across the region.