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Ayrshire and Arran

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Newly updated 27 July 2011

Who has diabetes?


Actual Diagnosed

Prevalence (Scottish averager 3.5)










Why are these figures important?

Ayrshire and Arran profile

NHS Ayrshire and Arran provide healthcare to approximately 367,000 members of the public. Within this population 4.8% of individuals have diabetes. With an older than average age profile together with some pockets of deprivation in rural and urban areas,  Ayrshire and Arran has a slightly higher prevalence of diabetes than the Scottish average. 19,075 people have been diagnosed with diabetes and the Scottish Public Health Network estimate that a further 3,234 have Type 2 diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. East and North Ayrshire have higher prevalence rates of diabetes than the Scottish average.  

The Better Diabetes Care survey, conducted by Diabetes UK Scotland in 2009, has suggested that satisfaction with hospital admissions in Ayrshire and Arran is higher than in the rest of Scotland. Furthermore, it has been suggested that NHS foot care in this region is notably more accessible. In 2007, Diabetes UK Scotland and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland pulled together feedback from focus groups and surveys to report on the experience of care of people living with diabetes.  The review of the care experience of people living with diabetes within the Ayrshire and Arran area has demonstrated primary and secondary care to work harmoniously to provide satisfactory care and communication for patients within this area. It has been noted that this Health Board region has delivered good advice and education about diabetes while diabetes specialist nurses have been found to offer a great deal of support.

Voluntary Groups within Ayrshire and Arran

  • Ayrshire Family Group
  • Ayrshire Plus Parents 


Tell the Scottish Government about your diabetesThe Scottish Government’s website Better Together is also interested to hear of people’s experiences of diabetes care.  By submitting your experience of NHS care the government hope to improve health services across Scotland. You can follow this link or if you would like send us email we’ll do it for you.Better

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