Diabetes amputation rates on the rise
Scarborough in North Yorkshire and Mansfield in Nottinghamshire have the highest diabetes amputation rates in England, figures suggest.
Both areas had 4.9 per 1,000 adults with diabetes, eight times more than Brent in north-west London, with only 0.6 per 1,000 patients in the past three years.
Overall the figures suggest that amputation numbers in diabetes are rising, with some parts of England being eight times more likely to undergo an operation than others.
Speaking to the BBC, Katharine Speak, the lead on diabetes and high-risk podiatry services in North Yorkshire, said: “We are not seeing the patient soon enough. Sometimes they feel that they can deal with things themselves and once it’s got out of control there is very little we can do to get it back.”
Chris Gosling, from Scarborough’s Diabetes UK support group, said: “There is the impression that Scarborough is a nice holiday town, but in fact it has one of the highest deprivation rates in Yorkshire.
“People aren’t aware of the complications of diabetes, they do not have a GP possibly, there are a lot of hard to reach groups who don’t use the medical facilities, and it is not diagnosed quickly enough.”
Stephen Ryan, regional head of Diabetes UK said: “We know that up to 80 per cent of amputations can be avoided with good diabetes care and improved footcare.
“We need to make sure that everyone with diabetes gets good quality annual foot checks and knows how to reduce their risk of foot problems, and that anyone who has a foot problem gets the right care to prevent or treat it.
“It is particularly important that if anyone with diabetes has a foot infection they get urgent attention from a multidisciplinary team of specialists.”