Event brings together ‘wealth of information’
People with diabetes got the opportunity to quiz experts about managing the condition at a charity’s regional conference.
More than 200 people attended the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation’s 9th Annual Diabetes Wellness Day South on Saturday, July 22, held at the Solent Hotel & Spa in Fareham.
The charity said the event brought a “wealth of information under one roof for people living with all forms of diabetes”.
Specialist diabetes teams from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton and Portsmouth University Hospitals and the West Hampshire Community Diabetes Service attended.
Talks, with plenty of questions, were given throughout the day. The speakers included Dr Iain Cranston, a consultant physician in diabetes and endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Graham Bowen, head of podiatry at Solent NHS Trust.
Dr Mayank Patel, a consultant physician in diabetes, and consultant pharmacist for diabetes and endocrinology Philip Newland-Jones, both from University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, also gave presentations.
Event coordinator Lee Calladine said: “DRWF is aware of the positive benefits of diabetes education. The Diabetes Wellness Days provide the tools, knowledge and practical skills needed to inform, inspire and empower people living with all forms of diabetes and those that care for them.
“With this in mind we plan these unique events so participants can meet with the specialist healthcare teams and other diabetes organisations in a supportive and safe environment with access to the wider diabetes community. Interaction and the sharing of personal experiences is always encouraged and the exhibitors, specialist talks and sessions help to increase knowledge and give participants the positivity and confidence to improve life with diabetes and the keys to healthier living.”
Sarah Brown, a research administrator at the charity, said: “It is fantastic for people because with the NHS and the strain it is under you have to give people a certain amount of information so they can be aware of their own health.”
Solent NHS Trust adult diabetes nurse Beth Kelly said: ‘We want to provide some information about our service. There are a lot of people going undiagnosed with diabetes.’
Support was provided by Diabetes Professional Care with members of the team volunteering at the event. A range of health organisations and companies including, BHR Pharmaceuticals Limited and GlucoRx, were on hand to talk to people with the condition and their families about support, new treatments and glucose testing monitors.