The Trust is raising awareness of 'World Diabetes Day' on
14 November this year with an open day at the Louisa Centre in
Members of the public are invited to drop in any time between
9am and 5pm for advice from the Trust's specialist diabetes team on
lifestyle, fitness and healthy eating, as well as blood pressure
and glucose testing. The Louisa Centre is located on the Front
Street in Stanley, County Durham DH9 0TE.
There are more than 30,000 patients with diabetes in County
Durham, and it is estimated that there are another 10,000 still not
diagnosed or in the pre-diabetic stage of the disease.
Dr Paul Peter, Trust clinical lead for diabetes, said, "Raising
awareness among the healthy and at risk population about the need
for life style changes, including exercise and diet, is really the
only way to prevent the increase in the number of diabetes patients
in County Durham. We hope to do this through the screening
programme and all need to work together to develop health and
wellbeing in the community."
'World Diabetes Day' is held on 14 November every year and has
become a globally celebrated event. The purpose is to increase
awareness about diabetes - 14 November marks the birthday of
Frederick Banting who, together with Charles Best, discovered
insulin in 1922.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community