In west Hertfordshire around 30,000 people are living with diabetes – around 1 in 20 residents. Of this number about nine out of 10 patients have Type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to lifestyle issues such as an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.
Many people will experience potentially preventable complications from their diabetes such heart disease, blindness, kidney damage and amputations because they don’t know enough about their condition and how to manage it.
There are a range of NHS services locally that aim to prevent people developing Type 2 diabetes and provide support and treatment for people living with diabetes:
If you're at risk of Type 2 diabetes, making small changes could prevent diabetes from developing in the first place and this is what the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme aims to do.
The programme runs across Hertfordshire and west Essex. Those referred to the service will receive tailored, personalised support to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and physical exercise programmes.
You are eligible for support through the service if you meet the following criteria:
- Aged 18 years and over
- Have high glucose levels Find out what this means here
- Not pregnant
- Able to take part in light/ moderate physical activity
How to join
If you have been told you are at risk of diabetes and meet the criteria, you can access your local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme service in the following ways:
- A referral from your GP or nurse
- A referral from a Health Check professional
Find out more by going to the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme website.
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Herts Valleys integrated diabetes service
This service is led by consultants and aims to provide high quality specialist diabetes care in the community. The service supports patients with diabetes and also GP practices – helping them to provide enhanced diabetes care to their patients.
The Herts Valleys Integrated Diabetes service team works with the Diabetes team at West Herts Hospital NHS Trust (WHHT), Hertfordshire Community Trust (HCT) and Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust (HPFT). It brings together the various specialist clinical services to support patients with diabetes and increase the amount of community-based support available.
Services provided include:
- Diabetes Specialist Nurses in each locality
- Enhanced dietetic services
- Diabetes education sessions - face to face and on-line
- Consultant led multidisciplinary diabetes clinics
- Multidisciplinary foot clinics
Wellbeing Service and specialist psychological support
The service also links with other providers such as social services, nursing homes and the voluntary sector as appropriate.
Patients are referred into the service by their GP or other professional. The service looks at people’s needs to make sure they are seen by the right person or a team of people so that they get the help they need.
Advice and education to help patients stay well and look after themselves is a key focus of the service. Newly diagnosed patients are invited to go on a structured education programme that gives them the information they need to help them manage their diabetes. Patients can access ongoing education sessions to help them in managing their diabetes longer term.
The service also provides training and education for GPs and practice nurses to help them better support their patients. Practices can call on specialist support if they have a patient needing more complex help.
The new service builds on existing support which includes close monitoring of patients within the community through annual or six monthly check-ups. The aim is to empower and promote self-management of this long term condition, referring and liaising with other health care professionals as necessary to improve outcomes.
Further information can be found on the Herts Valleys integrated diabetes service website, with a section ‘resources for patients’: https://hertsvalleysdiabetes.co.uk/