New Liverpool diabetes centre opens
A new state of the art £1.5 million diabetes centre at the University hospital Aintree in Liverpool has now opened. It offers a wide variety of health services, including educational work with patients and subjects like blood glucose testing, insulin and medication.
Sue Benbow, the centre’s clinical director for diabetes, added: “These are modern facilities for a modern service, and they also provide excellent links between our clinical services and our University research colleagues. It’s a real improvement for patients and staff, which will help us ensure a high quality service.”
Call over diabetes and kidneys link
A study has revealed that many patients are unaware that diabetes can affect their kidneys.
Published in the Journal of Renal Care, the study covered patients attending specialist renal services in Leicester, Luton and Ealing. Experts said the results suggest more information is needed over the link between diabetes and kidney disease.
Professor Gurch Randhawa, director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “Some patients saw their kidney referral as a wake-up call that they needed to manage their diabetes more seriously. Others were concerned about their lack of knowledge about the disease. It was clear that many of the patients we spoke to were much more aware of how diabetes could affect their eyes and feet than their kidneys.”
People wanting to learn more about diabetes should look at the information on Bayer’s what is diabetes? page.
Diabetes research scheme launched
A new diabetes research training scheme for GPs has been launched after the Royal College of General Practitioners teamed up with Diabetes UK.
The collaboration known as The Diabetes UK – RCGP Academic Fellowship in General Practice, is aimed at improving research success into diabetes.
The fellowship will support GPs who have completed vocational training in the last five years to undertake training in research at a higher education institution.
It will eventually lead to GPs receiving an MSc or MRes revlevant to the diabetes research they carry out.
There are currently 2.8 million people in the UK with diabetes, and around 850,000 people unaware they have type 2 diabetes.
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