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Preventing amputations in Southampton-1 October

Discussion in 'Diabetes Events' started by Stefan Diabetes UK, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. Stefan Diabetes UK

    Stefan Diabetes UK HCP · Member

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    Hi all,

    On 1 October Diabetes UK will be supporting people living with diabetes in Southampton to campaign for quality diabetes footcare services! If you're in the area it would be great to have your support.

    The event will raise awareness of the high rate of diabetes-related amputations in Southampton by displaying 144 shoes, representing the number of amputations carried out in the city over three years.

    These will be on display outside the Bargate Centre from 10.00AM-1.00PM. We’ll also be outside the Council buildings from 5:30PM-7:00PM.

    We will be trying to convince the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Southampton City Council, who are meeting at this time, to discuss the issue. Even if you can't come along then you can get involved by asking your Councillor to raise the issue.

    With 4.3 diabetes-related amputations for every 1000 people living with the condition, Southampton now has the 7th highest rate of diabetes-related amputations in England. We need the local decision makers to find out what is going wrong and what they can do to improve things urgently.

    One thing which has made a huge difference elsewhere is the introduction of a specialist diabetes footcare team. Areas which have seen these teams introduced have seen significant falls in major amputation rates. Such a team is however still absent from Southampton hospitals.

    4 out of 5 amputations are preventable, so there is potential to make a massive difference.

    If you are interested in coming along or have any questions, just drop the Diabetes Voices team an email at [email protected] or call 0207 424 1025 and we'll be delighted to send you some more info. Hope to see you there!
     
  2. SunnyExpat

    SunnyExpat Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Stefan Diabetes UK
    It's good to see you posting on here, and certainly it would be brilliant if you could make a difference in Southampton.

    Are you the only rep for Diabetes UK that posts on this forum, and do you regularly read the forum, as you don't seem to post often?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
     
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  3. Stefan Diabetes UK

    Stefan Diabetes UK HCP · Member

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    Hi @SunnyExpat

    Thanks, yeah hopefully can make a big impact. I know quite a few colleagues browse the forum, and other diabetes forums, though I'm not sure how many post. I do look through posts on a regular basis and many of the discussions are very useful in informing our work.

    As I work in the Diabetes Voices team my posts will largely be about diabetes events, campaigns and opportunities to give your opinion on services, prevention strategies, education etc- I wouldn't claim to represent Diabetes UK so should probably limit my posts to that area.

    Diabetes Voices, I should say, is a group of campaigners who work with Diabetes UK on a number of campaigns to improve diabetes care services in the UK and raise awareness of the condition generally. We send out updates and opportunties to take action based on your preferences-you can read about it a bit more here.

    Sadly I don't have the expertise or time to represent Diabetes UK on anything else! If anyone has questions though happy to point them in the right direction if I can't help.
     
  4. SunnyExpat

    SunnyExpat Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    Hi
    thanks for the answer.
    I will be signing up to be a member in the very near future.
    Diabetes UK does a very good job, at times thankless, and does very well in raising the profile of diabetes.

    I'm sure you have noticed we are not always in agreement on this website, but all strive to improve the condition of our diabetes, and hopefully try to advise others.
    It obviously leads to disagreements over the fine tuning of the best way, as individually we all found our own.

    I think one thing in common is a reduction in carbs, the method does tend to vary though.
    It would be interesting to be given the chance to express our views in a friendly way.

    So hope to see you posting again soon.
     
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  5. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    I didn't expect to see this on a Wednesday afternoon in September but I can see it is well intentioned. Stefan I wish there were more people like you, you are an ambassador. Good luck with your campaign.
     
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