News - Diabetes Scotland

Welcome to the Diabetes Scotland news page.  Here you can find out what's been going on in and around Scotland.

Do you have a story to share?  We'd love to hear from you.  Please get in touch by email or telephone the Scotland office on 0141 245 6380.

Read our archived news stories 

04 March 2019

Four leading health charities - Diabetes Scotland, Epilepsy Scotland, Marie Curie Scotland and the MS Society - are calling on the Scottish Government to urgently provide details of their plans, in

While the supply of medicines is a reserved matter for the UK government, the effectiveness of contingency plans to maintain the supply, storage and local distribution of essential medicines in Scotland will depend on all relevant agencies and authorities working in close collaboration. 

31 January 2019

Diabetes Scotland continues a series of grassroots events calling for local action to tackle the defining health crisis of our time.

With almost 300,000* people living with diabetes in Scotland and over 500,000 at risk of developing Type 2, the condition is the defining health crisis of our time.

27 August 2018

It is 50 years since one of Scotland’s unsung medical heroes died.

Dr Robert Daniel Lawrence, ‘Robin’ to family and friends, was an aspiring surgeon at King’s College Hospital in London when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 28.

13 July 2018

We are calling for all Health Boards in Scotland to prescribe flash glucose monitoring following advice from the Scottish Health Technologies Group.


Diabetes Scotland welcomes the recommendations - announced on Friday 13 July by The Scottish Health Technologies Group - that flash glucose monitoring (we call it Flash) is safe and effective, and should be made available on prescription to individuals with diabetes who intensively manage their condition wi

18 May 2018

A ‘life-changing’ technology which can support people with diabetes to better manage their condition is unavailable to thousands across Scotland.

Following approval of Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring (Flash GM) on NHS drug tariff in November 2017, only six of the 14 Health Boards across Scotland are currently making the technology available to people living with diabetes.

27 April 2018

Diabetes Scotland celebrates its 25th Anniversary year from May 2018.


Our 25th Anniversary year, which starts this month, is a chance for us to reflect on our past achievements, reaffirm our purpose, and focus on future goals.

It’s also an opportunity to renew our relationships with volunteers, fundraisers, family groups, researchers and health professionals and to thank them for their support.  


21 March 2018

Put a spring in your step next month and combine a walk to the bonny banks of Loch Lomond and fundraising for us in the first Kiltwalk of 2018.

We are appealing to our friends and supporters to consider registering for one of this year’s four Kiltwalk events across Scotland and help our work supporting people and their families living with the condition; campaigning for improved care; and funding for vital research towards a world where diabetes can do no harm.

19 February 2018

Joanne Miller, Diabetes Scotland Young Leader and sixth year pupil at Kirkwall Grammar, is to lead a diabetes awareness week at her school.

Joanne (17), who has Type 1 diabetes, will be joined by a team of three other Young Leaders and two representatives from Diabetes Scotland to deliver a series of presentations and tutorials, from Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 February 2018, designed to give pupils of all ages a better understanding of the condition.

13 February 2018

Diabetes Scotland has appointed Angela Mitchell as the organisation’s new National Director. 

Diabetes Scotland has appointed Angela Mitchell as the organisation’s new National Director. 

As part of Diabetes UK, Diabetes Scotland supports people living with the condition, campaigns for improved care, and raises money to fund vital research.

13 February 2018

Diabetes Scotland's response to Scottish Government consultation:
A Healthier Future – Action and Ambitions on Diet, Activity and Healthy Weight


This was a wide ranging consultation on how to improve the diet of Scotland and address the rise in obesity.

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