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.