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 

19 September 2019

A Diabetes UK supporter is travelling from Ohio, USA, to take part in the Great Glen Challenge 2019, paddleboarding from Fort William to Inverness, to raise money for the charity.

Adrian Angell has already crossed the English Channel on a paddleboard raising over £2000 for Diabetes UK. He hopes to raise a further £1000 through this challenge.

05 August 2019

Families of children living with Type 1 diabetes are invited to join us at our third annual Family Network Day at Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday 21 September 2019.

This is a free event for families to get together, share information and experiences, and participate in discussions on issues affecting them. Most importantly, this is a day to have fun!  Everyone who attends the event will also have free admittance to the Science Centre to check out all the awesome and interactive exhibits.  

04 August 2019

A Glasgow football coach living with Type 1 diabetes wants to tell the world that having the chronic condition doesn’t mean you have to st

"Diabetes should never stop you doing what you love"

Alistair Smith, Glasgow City FC Under 19s National Performance Coach, decided to personally sponsor the team's away kits with the Diabetes UK logo to ensure he gets the message out across the country that having “diabetes should never stop you doing what you love”.

01 July 2019

Diabetes Scotland honoured its amazing volunteers at the annual Inspire Awards ceremony in Glasgow recently.  

Winners came from all over Scotland and included a marathon runner, local group organisers, young person's event coordinator, campaigners, and outstanding young volunteers. They partied the night away at the glitzy ceremony along with over 120 fellow volunteers and Diabetes Scotland staff.  

Diabetes Scotland Inspire Award winners 2019: 

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.  


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