People in West Yorkshire are being called on to take part in a major keywordresearch project aimed at improving early detection of diabetes.
Researchers at Airedale Hospital in Steeto, near Keighley, need more than 300 adult volunteers who do not have diabetes to get involved in the project, which is being carried out to test the effectiveness of a new diabetes screening machine that cuts out the need for pin prick tests.
A spokesman for the hospital said within 30 minutes, volunteers will know whether they are at risk of having type 2 diabetes and will be provided will suitable counselling.
The move comes after health chiefs at the hospital were recently forced to defend its diabetes care services after it was named by Diabetes UK as one of 80 hospitals in England and Wales that are “letting people down” by not providing specialist diabetic foot care teams.
But Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said regular foot clinics run by specialist podiatrists and consultants are available to local patients.
To put yourself forward for the Airedale Hospital research project, contact clinical trial co-ordinator Karen Varley or Neil Hall on (01535) 293934.

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