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Diabetes Week 2016

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) is supporting Diabetes Week 2016 (12 - 18 June) to raise awareness of this life-long condition which affects 4 million people across the UK.

HRCH's specialist diabetes team is running a number of events throughout the week to raise awareness and help local people reduce their risk of diabetes, or manage their condition more effectively for people with diabetes. 

Diabetes web-chat for local people - Friday 17 June, 1pm - 2pm

Local people will have the chance to ask questions about diabetes to a team of NHS experts on Friday 17 June 2016 as part of an online diabetes web-chat run by HRCH, the local community NHS trust. 

Specialist diabetes experts from HRCH will be on hand to offer advice or answer questions about diabetes - such as how people can reduce their risk of developing the condition, how to confidently self manage their diabetes more effectively, or find out about the services and local support for people with diabetes across the local communities.  

The online chat will take place on Friday 17 June, 1pm – 2pm and the web-chat panel will comprise lead diabetes specialist nurse, Helen Church; diabetes specialist nurses Nicola Dolby and Matthew Wilde; and specialist diabetes dietitian Michelle Jones.  

You can access the web-chat on this page on the day, or by visiting: www.hrch.nhs.uk/diabetes-webchat 

Helen Church, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse said: “Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes – this is an ideal opportunity to ask questions to our team of experts and get answers quickly. We are here to support you and give you the confidence to self-manage your diabetes effectively, reducing the risks of long term complications.   

“We can offer advice on how best to manage your diabetes and signpost you to other support services and introduce you to innovative ways of managing your diabetes in Richmond – including education sessions and NHS support, our new diabetes app or just answer your questions about day to day management.”  

Other local diabetes events from HRCH:

Monday June 13 – Friday 17 June:  Diabetes displays at Teddington Memorial Hospital

Diabetes display at Teddington Memorial Hospital. Come and find out what services and support are available to you locally and pick up the latest information from Diabetes UK and updates on latest technology to help you manage your Diabetes. Ask staff for information and demonstration of our Diabetes App to help you in your day to day management of Diabetes. 

Tuesday June 14, 10am till 2pm:  Meet the team at Boots, Teddington 

Come and meet the trust's diabetes team outside Boots Pharmacy, Broad Street Teddington for information on local services and how we can help and support you. 

Wednesday June 15, 10am till 3pm:  Meet the team at Whitton Corner

Meet the team outside Whitton Health & Social Care Centre and find out what services are available to you and ask the team questions to set the record straight and dispel those myths surrounding diet / diabetes.  

About diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood glucose level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. In 2013, there were approximately 3.2 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in England. By 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million, with 90% of those affected having Type 2 diabetes.

HRCH provides a specialist diabetes service in the borough of Richmond - find out more here.