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Diabetic patients and carers to be consulted on health service improvements

Diabetes patients and carers in Nottingham are to be asked for their say on how diabetes health services in the city can be improved.
A special event is being held by charity group Diabetes UK on Tuesday 23 April (St George’s Day) to give people with diabetes and those caring for such individuals the chance to meet and speak with health professionals from NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commission Group.
The aim of the meeting is to gauge whether local health services are meeting the needs of both diabetic patients and carers, and if not, what can be done to improve the current standard of care.
“We know that to design and commission the right services for our patients and their carers we need to listen to their feedback and ensure that we are responding to their needs,” said Maria Principe, director of primary care delivery and performance.
“We want our diabetes patients to benefit from the highest quality of care and support and help reduce the impact diabetes has on their lives.”
Pete Shorrick, Diabetes UK regional manager for the Midlands, commented: “Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat in the UK with the latest figures showing there are nearly 14,000 people with the condition in Nottingham.
“Diabetes UK is here to reduce the impact of diabetes for people with the condition, for their carers, for our country’s health services and for taxpayers. Meetings like this help us do that and I hope as many people will attend as possible.”
The meeting will be held at the council house in Old Market Square, Nottingham, from 6pm to 9pm.

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