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Diabetes

Diabetes is a life-long illness which has a high risk of complications. However, the effective treatment of diabetes means that people who have diabetes can lead a normal life and live successfully with the illness.

Effective management of diabetes requires a healthy lifestyle approach and living with diabetes means you will need to have the knowledge and skills to help you manage your condition yourself.

Paediatric Diabetes Service

We provide paediatric diabetes advice, support and education to all families/carers in the East Cheshire area.

We provide an individualised flexible and friendly approach to meet the individual needs of the child with diabetes and their family. The team believe the key to achieving good outcomes is to support, engage and empower the individual child or young person and their family within a proactive, organised system that results in positive interactions and outcomes.

Our services include:

  • nurse led clinic appointments, telephone contact, email and texting contact, home visits where necessary and school visits for education, support and problem solving.
  • Insulin pump therapy and continuous blood glucose monitoring is offered in line with current national guidance.
  • There is an active local Diabetes UK paediatric support group K.I.D.S. that is fully supported by the children’s diabetes team.

How do I refer/access the service?

Newly diagnosed children

GPs refer newly diagnosed children directly to the Children’s Ward; the child is seen the same day.

Contact us:

Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm

Specialist diabetes nurses: 01625 661083

Out of hours

Children’s Ward: 01625 661080

Other Information

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes which affects small blood vessels damaging a part of the eye called the retina. It can cause blood vessels in the retina to leak or become blocked which can affect your sight. Untreated diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of sight loss. When the condition is caught early, treatment is effective at reducing or preventing damage to your sight.

All type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients aged 12 or over are eligible for diabetic eye screening. GPs in Cheshire inform the Cheshire Diabetic Eye Screening Programme of all their diabetic patients. We will send you an invitation letter when you are due for a screening appointment.

It is important to attend diabetic eye screening as diabetic retinopathy does not tend to cause any symptoms in the early stages. Screening can detect problems in your eyes before they start to affect your vision and if problems are caught early, treatment can help to prevent or reduce vision loss. Please note diabetic eye screening is different from your normal eye examination with an Optician. It is very important that you attend both a diabetic eye screening appointment and a normal eye examination.

You can help reduce the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy by:

  • controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • taking medication as prescribed
  • attending diabetic eye screening appointments
  • getting medical advice quickly if you notice any changes to your vision
  • maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy, balanced diet, exercising regularly and not smoking

If you need more information, you can contact your GP or Diabetic Nurse .

Alternatively, more information can be found at the following websites:

Diabetes UK website https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

UK National Screening Programme for Diabetic Retinopathy https://www.gov.uk/guidance/diabetic-eye-screening-programme-overview

NHS UK https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetic-retinopathy/

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