This year again the Group helped out at the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups Diabetes Awareness Events in Gloucester (12 Jun), Cheltenham (15 Jun) and Newent (19 Jun).
The Group members helping out were Mike Broome (Gloucester & Newent), John Gould (Gloucester) and Bob Watford (Cheltenham). Geoff Davis from the Forest of Dean Group was also at Gloucester & Newent. Various NHS staff were also present including Lucy Gozzard from the Retinal Screening team at Gloucester Royal Hospital.
The events were run as part of Diabetes UK’s National Diabetes Week and were aimed at raising the awareness of diabetes and also giving members of the public the opportunity to undertake a diabetes risk assessment and discuss any issues they may have.
There was a steady stream of people enquiring about the issues surrounding diabetes, ranging from the general info on the causes & symptoms to those with the condition who had more serious questions to ask. We tried to answer all questions as best we could, passing the more difficult requests to the medical personnel present.