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NHS Tayside

Updated 04 October 2011

Who has diabetes?



Why are these figures important? 

Tayside profile

NHS Tayside is responsible for delivering healthcare to approximately 400,000 people in the Tayside area. Within this population 4.8% of individuals have diabetes compared to the Scottish average of 4.6%. This amounts to 19,223 members of the public. Using statistics from the Scottish Public Health Network we estimate that just over 3,500 individuals have diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. Many of the population live in urban areas, of which Dundee and Perth are the largest in the region, although a significant proportion live in rural areas. The proportion of older people in the population is higher than the national average, whereas levels of illness and deprivation are close to the national average, with the exception of Dundee, where levels are high. 

New initiatives such as the provision of computerised information delivered by Scottish Care Information - Diabetes Collaboration (SCI-DC) network have provided beneficial effects in providing results and permitting care choice discussion between patients and health care professionals.

Some services such as eye screening perform well with 87.9% of patients receiving an annual check compared to the Scottish average of 85.4%.

In relation to foot care, 64.5% of Type1 and 84.5% of Type 2 have had a recording of peripheral pulses compared to the Scottish average of 59.5% and 78.1% respectively. (The previous two paragraphs update this website with data that had previously been wrongly included)

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 Tayside notes that this area offers both prompt and efficient post diagnostic management of this condition. 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 97%, 3% higher than the national average.

Voluntary Groups in Tayside

  • Dundee

What people have said about diabetes care in Tayside

"I have great support from my local diabetes clinic staff, in particular thediabetes specialist nurses and dietitians."

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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