Western Trust supports people with diabetes


Diabetes is on the increase in Northern Ireland, as it is worldwide. In the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) area during 2009/10 there were 11,567 people living with diabetes. This reflects a 7% increase from the number of people registered during 2008/09 - the largest increase in Northern Ireland in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes last year.


A range of support is available to people living with Diabetes including the Western Trust's Community Diabetes Support Team, now based at Oakhill House, Block B, Tyrone County Hospital, which can be contacted on 028 82833246.


Commenting during Diabetes Week (12-18 June 2011) Dr John Lindsay, Western Trust consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology, said: “Learning to live with diabetes can be challenging and support is available from a range of healthcare professionals for diabetes within the Western Trust area.


“Proper management and treatment of diabetes is required to reduce the potential for serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputation and kidney failure.”


Support to people living with diabetes is provided by GPs, practice nurses, consultants, diabetes specialist nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, podiatry assistants, exercise professionals, psychologists and pharmacists.  All provide the patient with support to put the pieces of the ‘diabetes jigsaw’ together. There is a specialised paediatric team also to support children with diabetes and their families.


As well as diabetes clinics, there are also structured education programmes for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.  These have been found to be extremely effective in terms of de-mystifying how diabetes works and offering practical support in how to manage all aspects of diabetes.


For more information on the services and how to access them, please contact the Diabetes Network Office at Altnagelvin Hospital, Tel: 02871345171 (ext: 3504/3074).