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Improving diabetes care in Thanet


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Do you live in Thanet? We're here to help you get better diabetes care through campaigning, information, events and more.

See below for more details and upcoming activities:

Partners and local organisations

We work with partners and organisations who are as passionate about the residents of Thanet as we are. Our partners include:

  • Thanet Earth
  • Age UK Thanet

Other useful information

  • Access our library of our online talks, covering topics such as Your Feet and Diabetes, Busting Diabetes Myths in South Asian Communities and What to do when diabetes gets you downFind information on our online talks.


We are looking for volunteers in Thanet who are passionate about raising awareness of diabetes and supporting local people who live with diabetes, are affected by diabetes or who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch.

We can't wait to hear from you!

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Report: Type 2 Diabetes Awareness Day

A type 2 educational event was held in Margate, Thanet, in November 2023 for people living with diabetes and run by the South East Coast and London team at Diabetes UK. Thanet is a priority area for the team because the percentage of residents living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and receiving eight care processes - important annual health checks - is lower than other parts of the South East.

The education event was intended as a small ‘test’ event to determine engagement and originally planned with a maximum of 30 attendees. In fact interest was high, and 45 delegates were accepted - the capacity of the venue.


Topics on the day included What is Type 2 Diabetes, Care to Expect, Medication and How to Manage Hypos (provided by a Diabetes Specialist Nurse), Retinal Screening Programme (delivered by a contact with the retinal screening program), and How to Look After Your Feet (delivered by a podiatrist).

First rate feedback was obtained, with 100% of delegates rating the sessions as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. The success of the day highlighted the need for more events in Thanet, covering a range of topics relevant to the needs of each Primary Care Network (PCN) that reflect National Diabetes Audit data priorities.

This year, the team will run small scale events in each of the three PCNs in the Thanet area of Kent. Topics will include Healthy Eating, Care To Expect and How To Look After Your Feet - plus input from health care professionals to deliver specialised talks. The team is now planning to run a larger Living with Diabetes Day event in autumn for patients across Thanet.

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