News - Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

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18 July 2018

A Diabetes Specialist Nurse and a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian, both from the Western Trust area, have been selected as Diabetes UK Clinical Champions, to help transform care for people living with diabetes.

Mairead McClintock, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, and Siobhan Monaghan, a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian, at the South West Acute Hospital were chosen for their passion for, and commitment to excellence in diabetes care.

Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body can't use it correctly. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious complications that include blindness, amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

18 July 2018

A Specialist Dietitian from the Belfast Trust has been selected as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion, to help transform care for people living with diabetes.


Veronica Lynch, a Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Dietitian at Belfast City Hospital was chosen for her passion for, and commitment to excellence in diabetes care.

03 July 2018

Our Newry Support Group recently announced that they raised a staggering £201,000 raised over 12 years.


Over those 12 years the group has helped support numerous of our funded research projects.

03 July 2018

Rebekah Reid, from Omagh, recently had 12 inches of her hair chopped off in aid of local charities Little Princess Trust and Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.

The 11-year-old decided to take on this challenge for her little sister, Zarah, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. In an effort to help raise awareness about Type 1 diabetes, Rebekah, braved the dramatic haircut and raised £305 for the charity.

Rebekah’s mother, Lorraine, said, ‘We are so proud of Rebekah for doing something so brave, not just for her little sister, but for everyone living with diabetes. We know how hard diabetes can be, it affects the whole family.

12 June 2018

New online research from Diabetes UK, to mark the start of Diabetes Week 2018 (11 – 17 June), has revealed that one in three (33 per cent) would seek advice online first over talking to a GP about a health concern.

The theme for Diabetes Week 2018 is Talk About Diabetes.

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