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Millionth diabetes test

Lloydspharmacy has conducted its one millionth test for diabetes and referred more than 50,000 people to their GP for further testing.

Sir Steve Redgrave was present at the millionth test since the pharmacy started providing the service back in 2003. Sir Steve is pictured here, outside Lloydspharmacy West Wickham where the test took place, with customer Maureen Beaumont - the millionth person to have the free test.

A simple 'pin prick' blood prick test means that trained staff are able to check blood glucose levels and refer people to their GP if necessary. 

"It is a huge achievement that Lloydspharmacy have been able to test so many people," said Zoe Harrison, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK. 

"Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition and it is vital that people are diagnosed early to avoid the onset of complications like heart disease, blindness and amputations."

Nick Mortimer, Lloydspharmacy Superintendent Pharmacist, said: "We would urge anyone who hasn't been tested to take advantage of our free service. All too often the symptoms of diabetes, such as feeling tired or thirsty, can go unnoticed."

Pharmacists can also provide advice on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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