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NHS Fife

Updated 16 Jun3 2011

Who has diabetes?



Numbers diagnosed

Prevalence (Scottish Average 3.5)








Why are these figures important?Why are these figures important?  


Fife profileFife profileNHS Fife provide healthcare to approximately 358,000 members of the public. Within this population 4.8% of individuals have diabetes. This is slightly higher than the Scottish average and amounts to 17,467members of the public. However, it is believed that a further 2,556 have this condition but have yet to be diagnosed.   

The Better Diabetes Care survey, conducted by Diabetes UK Scotland in 2009, has demonstrated satisfaction with in-patient care in Fife to be higher than in the rest of Scotland. Furthermore, it has been suggested that accessing NHS care for feet within this area is notably better than in the rest of Scotland.

Issues within this Health board include the need for communications to improve between primary and secondary care.

In 2007, Diabetes UK Scotland and NHS Quality Improvement Scotland pulled together feedback from focus groups and surveys to report on what was the experience of care of people living with diabetes.  The review of the care experience of people living with diabetes within Fife noted that upon diagnosis of diabetes this first class services offers prompt action to ensure the best possible care for that individual. Furthermore, information and education provided by the healthcare staff has been adequate, relevant and useful. Annual reviews, which cover areas such as eyes, feet, blood glucose levels, blood pressure weight and a discussion of how patients are feeling have an occurrence rate of 96%, 2% higher than the national average.

Voluntary Groups within Fife

  • Fife Youngsters and Parents (DAFFY)
  • East Fife
  • North East Fife
  • West Fife

What people have said about diabetes care in Fife

"Plenty of information coming from DRs Practice, local hospital and Diabetes UK"

Tell the Scottish Government about your diabetes

The Scottish Government’s websiteBetter Togetheris 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 we’ll do it for you.


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