The Group was invited to set up a stand in Waitrose supermarket in Cheltenham as part of their Healthy Living Week. Mike Broome and Graham Terret duly attended on Friday 20 May and were asked to set up by the entrance to the shop cafe – perhaps to give customers pause for thought on what they might eat!!
We were also joined by a representative from the British Heart Foundation. The day was fairly busy with quite a few people stopping to enquire about diabetes and how best to avoid it or how they are controlling their diabetes. There was also quite a number on time we referred people to the British Heart Foundation or vice versa.
Also whilst we were there we were presented with a cheque for £242.00 as a result of us being selected as one of the local charities selected by the store to be part of their Community Matters Collection scheme earlier in the year. A big thank you to Waitrose for choosing us and to its customers for raising such a sum.
All in all the day was a success with not only raising awareness of diabetes but also the Group as well.
The Group was contacted by Hazel Croly from the St James Church (Tredworth) Senior Citizens Club, to ask if someone from the Group would be available to give a talk about diabetes.
Mike Broome volunteered and went along on Tue 19 April to give a short presentation covering what diabetes is, the risk factors, symptoms and what hypos are and how to deal with them. He also explained the truth or not of some of the common myths and misconceptions about diabetes. The most common being that those with diabetes cannot eat sugar, which we all know is not true (but of course it must be controlled!)
The talk appeared to be well received with many of those present saying it had improved their understanding of diabetes.
Mike would like to thank the St James Senior Citizens Club for their much appreciated donation to the Group.
Unfortunately the three local councillors who were due to speak at our April meeting were unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, although we hope to have then come along later in the year. However we did have two speakers, first Natasha Scott for Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and then myself with a Photo Quiz.
Natasha came along to talk about a new Diabetes Footcare Project the CCG are setting up. The aim of the project is to ensure patients requiring footcare are referred to the right people at the right time. It will help supporting GPs and their patients in managing potential footcare complications early on, thereby improving their quality of life and hopefully prevent symptoms getting worse and equally further clinical intervention. Continue reading April 2016 Meeting – Natasha Scott – Diabetes Footcare Project & Mike Broome – Photo Quiz→
After the Annual General Meeting held during the February meeting we were pleased to welcome Lisa Cooper, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse from the Specialist Diabetes Service at Gloucestershire Care Services.
Lisa gave a very interesting talk on what effects diabetes has on different parts the body such as the pancreas, eyes, muscles etc. To make it easier to understand she used some of the props and material used in the “Diabetes and You” course that the Specialist Diabetes Service run. One of the interesting points, which of course most with diabetes know, but probably do not always think about, was about the different ways food & drinks work in relation to carbohydrates and whether they are fast or slow acting.
The Groups Annual General Meeting was held during the February Meeting, of which the minutes, including the Chair’s & Treasure’s reports, have been sent to all members.
Elections took place for the Group Committee. Margaret Skinner volunteered to join the Committee and was voted on by a unanimous vote of those present. There were no other volunteers to join the committee. The remaining existing Committee members put themselves up for re-election, and were again accepted by a unanimous vote. The Committee comprises of:
The group again attended the Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trusts Diabetes Community Conference on the 27 January, held at the Hatherly Manor Hotel. The conference was aimed at healthcare professionals from around the county who have an interest in diabetes treatment and care. We set up a stand to promote the Group amongst those attending.
Mike Broome and Mike Coombs attended on a rather damp & chilly day. Also present again this year was Geoff Davies, the Treasurer of the Forest of Dean Diabetes UK Group. Most of the other stands were either from NHS diabetes related medical services, or manufactures and suppliers of diabetes equipment and medicines. Continue reading Diabetes Community Conference→
Our December meeting and Christmas social was held on Thursday 3 Dec. It followed along the same lines as last year with all attending bring along some food & drink to share, and also a large dollop of Christmas Cheer.
This year we were pleased to welcome, Laura Pearsall, Gordon Taylor and Andrew Gravells, three local city councillors as our guests. They have all agreed to come back next April (13th) to give a talk on the ins and outs of being a councillor. Put it in your diaries, it should be an interesting evening.
As unfortunately Norman Douse our normal quiz-master was unable to attend, I took on the role, and I would like to think that all present enjoyed it, although there were one of two questions that no one had the correct answer to, one being: “Which is the first country in the world to see the sun rise on Christmas day? (answer at end of write-up). Continue reading December 2015 Meeting – Christmas Social→
For our October meeting we had Selina Jetha from the Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinical Programme Board (D&E CPG), for Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (GCCG). Also attending was Gail Pasquall, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse from the Specialist Diabetes Service, part of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust.
Selina explained a little about what the D&E CPG do, this includes liaising with patients and patient groups, such as our Group, to get the patients views and opinions, also other health organisations such as Gloucestershire Healthwatch. The aim being to improve services for those with diabetes, one example being they are currently working with other Gloucestershire NHS trusts and organisations to create a Multi Disciplinary Foot Care Teams to be based in Gloucester & Cheltenham Hospitals, to simplify podiatry care for those with diabetes.
Gail then gave a talk on the diabetes education courses, for those with Type 2 diabetes or carers for those with the condition, available in the county that are run by the Specialist Diabetes Service. These are “Diabetes and You”, “Diabetes, Food & You” and “Diabetes, Insulin and You”.
Anyone with type 2 can attend, whether just diagnosed or requiring a reminder of what is best practice. All the courses last about 3 hours and are run by qualified diabetes nurses or dieticians. The courses are very informal with normally no more than 8 people on each course and you can book the courses yourself. To book a course either ask Mike Broome for an application form or email email@example.com