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NHS Grampian

Updated 16 June 2011

Who has diabetes?


Actual Diagnosed

Prevalence (Scottish Average 3.5%)

Aberdeen City








Why are these figures important?

Grampian profile

NHS Grampian provide healthcare to approximately 525,936 members of the public. Within this population 4.3% of individuals have diabetes.  This amounts to 23,357 members of the public. Using statistics from the Scottish Public Health Network we estimate that a further 4,507 have this condition but have yet to be diagnosed.   

The Better Diabetes Care survey, conducted by Diabetes UK Scotland in 2009, has suggested that access to annual reviews, which cover areas such as eyes, feet, blood glucose levels, blood pressure weight and a discussion of how patients are feeling were well established.

The number of people with diabetes looking after their own feet without professional input is just over half (54%). About 1 in 10 people use private care as an alternative to NHS care, which they say they cannot access.

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 the Grampian area noted that the quality of support delivered by this Health Board was highly successful. In particular the multidisciplinary one day work shops and 6 monthly reviews at clinics were very popular. In addition, both the verbal information and literature provided offered ample education. 

Voluntary Groups within Grampian

  • Moray Group
  • Grampian plus Parents

What people have said about diabetes care in Grampian

"Impressed with services set up for me and other diabetics felt I was being looked after which made me feel it was worth really looking after my health."

"I have regular calls to have my blood checked and have other regular test BP, Feet etc. I am also able to have my eyes checked at the surgery by a visiting technician (if not convenient I have been tested in the Ellon surgery or at ARI).

"I feel that I could not get better care, advice or services than I do."Robin Key, Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire

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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