Mid Sussex: Help improve care for diabetics

Karen Eastman

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Diabetes patients or carers can help transform care for thousands of people.

NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking for patients and carers to speak out about managing their health and care.

In Horsham and Mid Sussex there are 9,300 people with either Type 1 or 2 diabetes.

Type 2 is the most common, affecting 90 per cent of those with the condition, normally occurring in those aged 40 or over. Type 1 diabetes is normally diagnosed in childhood and is characterised by a shortage of insulin in the blood.

Tony Reynolds, from Burgess Hill, has had Type 2 diabetes for 35 years and is Treasurer of Support 4 Diabetes Mid Sussex.

“I want to be involved in the public events to make some suggestions on improving the help available for people living with diabetes in Mid Sussex,” he said.

“The key issue with type 1 and type 2 is to make sure that the patient understands the illness they have been diagnosed with.

“It is essential that patients are educated about any medications they receive, their diet and general lifestyle

“Patients need an individual approach and these meetings will give us the opportunity to stress this and explain our range of needs and training.”

Diabetes causes unpredictable variations in blood sugar level and it can create serious health problems due to restricted circulation of oxygen in the blood.

Dr Karen Eastman, NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG Clinical Director for long term health conditions, said: “Diabetes is on the increase, bringing with it some very serious health risks. In some cases it can lead to limb amputation and even blindness.

“Each person’s experience of diabetes is different so we really want to hear from patients and carers so that we can provide improved, more personalised diabetes care across our communities. The Patients in Control events are a genuine opportunity to hear about our plans thus far and to play a key role in improving future services for thousands of people living with diabetes in Horsham and Mid Sussex.”

Involvement in Patients In Control is not simply about providing feedback. The sessions are about developing ideas.

The workshop sessions will take place in Haywards Heath Town Hall on March 12, from 10am to 12.30pm and March 19 at 9.30am to 12pm

Email alison.hunter14@nhs.net or call 01293 600300 extension 3052 to register an interest.

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