Margate hospital uses Christmas to spread diabetes messages
A Kent hospital is marking the festive period by raising awareness of diabetes with a specially-themed 12 days of Christmas initiative.
Starting Christmas Day, all 15 wards at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital will be reminded about different aspects of diabetes each day for the following 11 days.
Information cards have been prepared and will be placed on white boards in each ward. Staff at the Margate hospital will be quizzed on what they have learned from the exercise in January.
The topics include feet, screening for type 2 diabetes, the differences between the main two types of diabetes, DKA and insulin safety as well as symptoms of diabetes, care processes and complications.
Staff from the hospital’s stroke unit have been singing the 12 days of Christmas using the words from the information cards.
The imitative has been organised by Sarah Gregory, in-patient diabetes specialist nurse and Diabetes UK Clinical Champion.
She said: “Sometimes people forget the basics and it’s important to remind them what a hypo is and how to treat one. It’s a bit of fun but with serious messages.
“It’s the nurses and the wards who do the hard work, I just come up with the ideas.”