UPDATED 23 September: This page is currently up-to-date, and based on the most recent guidance available. We’ll continue updating this page to share new guidance as it is released.
We are so grateful for everything all healthcare professionals are doing at this difficult time, and hope to support you in any way we can. Here's a summary of some useful resources, to help you care for your patients with or affected by diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic.
On this page:
- Information for your patients on coronavirus
- Clinical guidance for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic
- Guidance for inpatient diabetes care
- Guidance for general practice
- Guidance for managing people with diabetes in care homes
- Remote consultations
- Mental health support
- Advice for pregnant women with diabetes
- Diabetes education
- Resources for people who have learning disabilities
- Resources in alternative languages
- Get the latest government advice on Covid-19 and what this means for people with diabetes. This includes advice for your patients to stop taking SGLT2i tablets if they become unwell because of increased risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
- Share tips on staying at home and managing diabetes with your patients – including ways to get active in the home, useful recipes and how to look after your feet.
- Information about diabetes tech and medicines – insulin pump warranties will be extended, replacements will be supplied if needed and patients will still be able to get their diabetes tech and medicine, so there is no need to stockpile. Our Meds & Kit guide also provides useful information around the diabetes treatments and tech available in the UK.
- Some of your patients may not have access to online coronavirus advice. Visit our online shop to order or download our free Staying at Home and Managing Diabetes leaflet to share with them today.
- Our new position statement on support to manage risk for adults living with diabetes from Covid-19.
- Our new position statement on support to manage risk for children and young people living with diabetes from Covid-19. (PDF, 2,010 KB)
- Our new position statement on extraordinary flu protection, 2020-21 (PDF, 347 KB)
- Our new position statement on availability of specialist support and equal access to surgery for people with diabetes in light of Covid-19. (PDF, 1,241 KB)
- A guide on coronavirus for clinicians and NHS managers across primary care, secondary care and community health, social care and ambulance services. There's a clinical guide for diabetes patient management from NHS England.
- Health Protection Scotland continues to update its guidance for health protection teams and healthcare practitioners as the situation evolves, as well as providing guidance for non-healthcare settings including schools, places of detention, and separate guidance for social care settings.
- Public Health Wales have published information for healthcare workers in Wales.
- Find the latest on the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects in Northern Ireland on the Health and Social Care Board website.
Diabetes UK has supported the creation of a National Inpatient Diabetes Covid-19 Response Team chaired by Professor Gerry Rayman. The group have published a series of new guidance to support inpatient diabetes care during the Covid-19 pandemic:
COncise adVice on Inpatient Diabetes (COVID:Diabetes): Dexamethasone therapy in COVID-19 patients: implications and guidance for the management of blood glucose in people with and without diabetes (PDF, 200KB)
COncise adVice on Inpatient Diabetes (COVID:Diabetes) - Front Door Guidance (PDF, 189KB) - This guidance is for diabetes specialist teams, as well as all those involved in delivering care to people with diabetes at the front door.
View a letter (PDF, 388KB) from the team highlighting the need to maintain patient safety whilst accelerating patient flow through the system, including preventing avoidable admissions and readmissions.
- Speciality template for acute diabetes services (PDF,497KB)
Visit the ABCD website for further specialist diabetes guidance.
- View guidance from the East of England Diabetes Clinical Network: Delivering Diabetes Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic - the 'new normal' (Version 2, updated 22 June 2020) (PDF, 754 KB)
- A guide to managing people with diabetes in care homes (PDF, 375KB) has been produced by a national stakeholders group.
- Visit our new page sharing resources and examples of good practice to support your delivery of remote consultations.
- Read the Primary Care Diabetes Society (PCDS)'s quick guide on how to undertake a remote diabetes review.
- Use these resources to help you have quality conversations about emotional health and diabetes.
- Signpost your patients to our information and support on tackling stress, diabetes burnout and feeling low.
- MIND has lots of information and support to support people with their mental health and well being at this time.
- NHS Employers have been given free access to health and well being apps up until December 2020.
- Visit the SBK Healthcare YouTube page to access webinar recordings focusing on topics such as managing anxiety and burnout, building resilience and how to sleep better during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Get the latest information from the RCOG for pregnant women and their families.
- Our information and advice on pregnancy when you have diabetes.
- While patients are not able to access face-to-face diabetes education courses, signpost them to award-winning, digital learning tool Learning Zone to learn about the basics of diabetes.
- RCGP have made their e-learning content free to access until the end of September, to support Primary Care healthcare professionals, and those returning to practice during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- EASD have a range of e-learning modules focusing on diabetes and Covid-19 which are free to access.
- Mencap have produced some Easy Read guidance on coronavirus for people with learning disabilities.
- Visit the 'Get Checked Out' website by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for Easy Read coronavirus resources.