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Health Minister launches diabetes risk assessment campaign in Welsh pharmacies

Welsh Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM launched the first community pharmacy public health campaign on Monday 13 June, to coincide with the beginning of Diabetes Week (12 to 18 June).

The campaign sees every Welsh pharmacy offering simple paper-based assessments to identify people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years.

The campaign, solely happening in Wales, has been organised by Diabetes UK Cymru and Community Pharmacy Wales.

It is one of up to six public health campaigns required of community pharmacists by the seven Health Boards as part of their contract and is also being supported by Public Health Wales, BMA Cymru, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said: "I am very pleased to launch this first all Wales public health campaign through community pharmacies.

"Diabetes UK Cymru estimates there could be 66,000 people in Wales with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

“I encourage people to go to their local community pharmacy to receive a risk assessment and, if appropriate, obtain advice on how to reduce their risk.”

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