February 17 Meeting – Kate Dembenski – Diabetes Clinical Nurse

After the AGM (see “News” item: AGM Feb 17) we had a talk by Kate Dembenski, a Diabetes Clinical Nurse in the Paediatric Diabetes Unit at the Gloucester Royal Hospital.

Kate explained about how Type 1 diabetes can affect young children and that increasingly Type 1 is being diagnosed in adults, an extreme case being a lady of 90!!  She also gave a brief explanation of how the hospital treat youngsters when they are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Continue reading February 17 Meeting – Kate Dembenski – Diabetes Clinical Nurse

Annual General Meeting – 8 Feb 17

The Groups  Annual General Meeting was held during the February Meeting, of which the minutes, including the Chair’s & Treasure’s reports, will be sent to all members.

Elections took place for the Group Committee.  Mike Broome (Chair & Secretary) and Graham Terrett (member) stood own from the Committee.  Jay McCaffery and Vivienne Gay  volunteered to join the Committee and both were 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:

  • Chair
    • TBA
  • Secretary
    • TBA
  • Treasurer
    • Bob Watford
  • Vice Chair
    • Mike Coombs
  • Members
    • Jay McCaffery
    • Kevin Powell
    • Margaret Skinner
    • Viv Gay

The positions of Chair and Secretary will be confirmed by the new Committee by the end of February.  Under the Group rules Mike Broome will remain as Chair & Secretary until 28 Feb to effect the handover to the new incumbents.

Important Notice – Chair & Secretary Posts

Mike Broome announced in October to the Group members that he would be standing down as Chair & Secretary at the Annual General Meeting on 8 February 2017, and asked if anyone would be interested in taking over the roles.  To date no one has expressed a willingness to take on either of these positions.

Mike is standing down for several reasons, one being he has been Chair and Secretary for a few years now and feels that its time for new blood to take over and bring fresh ideas to the Group.  Mike has enjoyed his time at the head of the Group and in some ways will miss this involvement, however he will be remaining a member and will support it from the “back benches”

If a new Chair and Secretary cannot be found, then the viability of the Group is at risk, as these positions must be filled to comply with Diabetes UK policy on the constitution of the voluntary groups.

Ideally the posts should be filled by two different people, so if anyone, whether a current Group member or not, feels they would like to take on the role of either Chair or Secretary, please let Mike know as soon as possible.

It would be a great shame if the Group had to close and more importantly a loss to those who may need its support now or in the future.

 

Diabetes Talk – Church of God of Prophecy – Gloucester

Mike Coombs was approached by  Sharon Henry fro the  Church of God of Prophecy in Melbourne Street East,  Gloucester, to see if someone from the Group would be available to give a talk about diabetes.

Mike Broome agreed and  went along on Sun 6 Nov 16 to give a short talk giving a brief explanation of what diabetes is, the risk factors, symptoms and a broad outline of how it is treated.  He explained what hypos are and how to deal with them.  Finally he covered what the Gloucester Group does and how it and Diabetes UK can give  support and help to those with diabetes and their friends and families. Continue reading Diabetes Talk – Church of God of Prophecy – Gloucester

Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Paediatric Diabetes Parents Evening

On Tuesday 18 October Mike Coombs and Mike Broome attended the Gloucester Royal Hospital’s  Paediatric diabetes parents evening at the Holiday Inn, Barnwood.  The evening  is arranged so the parents of children with Type 1 diabetes can get together to

Insulin injection for a child.
Insulin injection for a child.

talk and also to hear updates on what’s happining the the yo hear presentation from the medical staff on what’s happening in the Paediatric Diabetes Unit and the latest research and treatments available. Continue reading Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Paediatric Diabetes Parents Evening

Ribston Hall School for Girls Talk

For the third year we were asked by Denise Stoner from Ribston Hall School for Girls in Gloucester to see if anyone from the Group would be willing to talk again about their diabetes experiences to the first year 6th Form students as part of their Health and Wellbeing A level.

Part of the course work requires the students to understand several serious long term conditions and how they affects not only  the lives of those with the condition but also their and their family & friends. Diabetes is one of the conditions they have to look at and as well as finding out about the medical facts,  they have to understand how it affects the individual and those close to them every day. Continue reading Ribston Hall School for Girls Talk

Oct 16 Mtg – Emily Payne – Gloucestershire Podiatry Services

For our October meeting we had Emily Payne from Gloucestershire Podiatry Services give us a talk on looking after our feet and the issues that can arise if we do not!

Emily explains about the correct shoes to wear.
Emily explains about the correct shoes to wear.

She covered the basics of foot care, the most important being regularly, if not daily, checking your feet for any signs of damage.  Emily also explained what should happen at your annual foot check,  amazingly she said that there are still reports of foot checks being carried out without  shoes & socks removed, they must have x-ray vision! Continue reading Oct 16 Mtg – Emily Payne – Gloucestershire Podiatry Services

Chatterbox Lunch Club – Diabetes Talk

The Group was asked by Sue Gyles organiser of the Chatterbox Lunch Club, from the C3 Church based in The Pavilion, Cheltenham, if someone from the Group would be available to give a talk about diabetes.

The Pavilion
The Pavilion

Mike Broome volunteered and went along on Wed 7 Sep 16 to give a short presentation which explained what diabetes is, the risk factors, symptoms and a broad outline of how it is treated.  He also covered what hypos are and how to deal with them and the support the Group and Diabetes UK can give to those with diabetes and their friends and families. Continue reading Chatterbox Lunch Club – Diabetes Talk

Glos CCG Diabetes Type 2 Workshop

On Thursday 1 Sep John Gould, a group member and Mike Broome were invited to take part in an Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Diabetes Type 2 Workshop at the Star College Ullenwood, near Gloucester as representing the patient view.  Also present was Mel Preston Chair of the Forest of Dean Support Group.  The remaining delegates were healthcare professionals ranging from senior diabetes consultants, GPs, DSNs, podiatrists, diabetes researchers, dieticians, managers from the CCG & NHS trust and others with a professional interest in diabetes. Continue reading Glos CCG Diabetes Type 2 Workshop