People in Cambridge who live with, or are affected by, diabetes will be given the opportunity to have their say on how the condition is managed locally and learn more about how to live well with diabetes.
Diabetes UK and NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are jointly hosting an event on Thursday 23 November, at Cambridge United Football Club, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The Diabetes Public Engagement event will give local people the opportunity to meet some of the charity’s Eastern team. Key healthcare professionals will also be on hand to give an overview on local diabetes care and what the future holds for people living with, or caring for people, with the condition.
People will receive up-to-date information on the raft of services available to support people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Brioni Maker, Diabetes UK Eastern Influencing Care Manager, said:
“Getting the right advice and healthcare support is a vital part of reducing some of the complications associated with poorly-managed diabetes. For example, four out of five amputations could be prevented as 80% begin as foot ulcers, which are largely avoidable and far more treatable if found early.
“I strongly urge anyone living with the condition, whether it’s Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, to attend this meeting. There will be the opportunity to find out about putting a care plan in place so they can discuss their condition with their healthcare professional in a way that puts them in the driving seat.
“Developing a deeper understanding of diabetes will give people the necessary knowledge to take control of their health.”
Representatives from local healthcare providers will be at the event to ensure all questions surrounding current healthcare provision and plans for the future can be answered.
Attendees will get the chance to meet other people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
In the UK 4.5 million people have diabetes with around 90 per cent living with Type 2 diabetes. Here in Cambridgeshire there are around 43,000 people diagnosed with the condition.