Local people will have the chance to ask questions about diabetes to a team of NHS experts during Diabetes week, as part of an online diabetes web-chat run by the local community NHS trust.
Specialist diabetes experts from Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust will be on hand to offer advice or answer questions about diabetes - such as how people can reduce their risk of developing the condition, how to confidently self manage their diabetes more effectively, or find out about the services and local support for people with diabetes across the communities of Hounslow and Richmond.
The online chat will take place on Thursday 18 June, 12pm – 1.30pm and the web-chat panel will comprise Helen Church, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse; Nicola Dolby, Diabetes Support Nurse/Desmond educator; and Michelle Jones, Specialist Diabetes dietitian.
You can access the web-chat on this page on the day, or by visiting: www.hrch.nhs.uk/diabetes-webchat
Helen Church, Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse said: “Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes – this is an ideal opportunity to ask questions to our team of experts and get answers quickly. We are here to support you and give you the confidence to self-manage your diabetes effectively, reducing the risks of long term complications.
“We can offer advice on how best to manage your diabetes and signpost you to other support services and introduce you to innovative ways of managing your diabetes in Richmond – including education sessions and NHS support, our new diabetes app or just answer your questions about day to day management.”
Find out about trust's new diabetes management app
The trust's new diabetes mobile app will be launched the same week - find out more about the app here - including the public launch event at Teddington Memorial Hospital on Friday 19 June.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood glucose level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. In 2013, there were approximately 3.2 million people aged 16 or over with diabetes (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) in England. By 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 4.6 million, with 90% of those affected having Type 2 diabetes.
The charity Diabetes UK estimates that around 850,000 people in England have diabetes but haven't been diagnosed.