DUK campaign on essential health checks

By | 16 September, 2011

Everyone’s second favourite charity – Diabetes UK – is doing a survey on how good the diabetic care is your area. Said survey is here: http://www.surveymonkey.net/Diabetes_Care_Survey – and it only takes a few minutes to complete. Even if you have paws, like me.

For those that are fans of press releases, DUK’s is as follows:

Recent figures suggest that thousands of people with diabetes across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are at increased risk of complications because they are not receiving the full range of annual diabetes health checks. In England alone, half a million people are at risk of losing their site because they are not given regular retinal screening.

We are committed to ensuring that people receive high-quality care wherever they live, and that they are aware of the standard of care that they should expect. To this end, we have set up Diabetes Watch to hold health services to account for the diabetes care that they provide. As part of Diabetes Watch, we have published a checklist of 15 measures (attached), based on the care standards set out by NICE and NHS Quality Improvement, that we consider to be essential for the ongoing health of everyone with diabetes. We want people with diabetes in the UK to use this checklist to ensure they are getting all the care they should be, and we are encouraging those who find gaps in their care are to take the checklist to their healthcare team and raise the issue with them.

To build up a better picture of care standards across the UK we are running a quick online survey, where you can let us know about the quality of care that you (or the person with diabetes that you care for) receive.

2 thoughts on “DUK campaign on essential health checks

  1. lizz

    “Losing their site?” Hmmm… which site is that? Website?

    Who writes this stuff, and doesn’t even know how to spell ‘sight’? How do you trust someone who doesn’t know how to spell the things they are talking about? What else have they got wrong, if something as fundamental as that is wrong? Unbelievable!

    I have not had a diabetes appointment with a Consultant for my yearly check for more than 2 years. I have had pump appointments.

    I do have my eyes photographed at my surgery!

  2. Tim

    I’m not sure that typo in a press release negates all the work DUK has ever and will ever do Lizz. Perhaps a touch harsh?

    But saying that, I stopped giving any money to the Red Cross after I saw they used the wrong form of the restrictive relative pronoun on their website; so maybe you have a point.

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