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Community Diabetes Service

Service Update

Service Update – patient education sessions

We are happy to say our face-to-face information sessions are restarting across Gloucestershire! If you are already on our waiting list we will be in touch as soon as we have availability. Alternatively, we will continue to run our diabetes information sessions online via Microsoft Teams. You can access this if you have an internet connection and a laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone. Whether you would like to attend virtually or in person, you are still able to register for our sessions by clicking on the referral button below. Please do contact us by phone or email if you have any questions.

The community diabetes service is made up of a team of specialist nurses, dietitians and diabetes educators/facilitators.

We support people with type 2 diabetes in managing their condition to the best of their ability. You may be referred to us for a variety of reasons:

  • There is a concern that your long-term blood glucose control is too high
  • You might need a new form of diabetes medications
  • You might be experiencing repeated episodes of low blood glucose (hypos)
  • You may need help altering your diet to control your glucose

We offer support by providing community clinics throughout Gloucestershire, home visits to the housebound or nursing home patients and we will see patients at their own surgeries when appropriate.

Community clinics are held in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Dursley, Forest of Dean, Cirencester and North Cotswolds.

People with type 1 diabetes are looked after by the team at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Further information can be found here.

Contact us

Southgate Moorings
2 Kimbrose Way
Gloucester
GL1 2DB

Call: 0300 421 8163

Email: CommDiabetesTeam@ghc.nhs.uk

 

An Introduction to Diabetes Structured Education

Patient education sessions

Evidence shows that people with diabetes who know how to manage their condition have better long term outcomes.  It is recommended that everyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes attends an education session so that they can learn about their condition and how to manage it.

All of our information sessions are led by a Diabetes Specialist and can be offered as a two to three hour face-to-face group session at a local venue (including a GP Surgery, Community Hospital or Community Centre) or as an online course using Microsoft Teams. The online course is split into two parts to make it more manageable; each session lasts around 90 minutes, so please ensure you make an appointment to attend both.

You can refer yourself to any of our patient education sessions using the form on this page, but you are advised to attend the sessions in the following order:

Diabetes and You

This exciting session is for anyone managing Type 2 Diabetes, regardless of the length of diagnosis. We also encourage carers or family members to join us as they play a vital role in supporting the person to successfully manage their condition. During the session, patients will have the opportunity to meet with other people who have Type 2 Diabetes and ask questions. Topics include what diabetes is and what’s happening to our bodies, diabetes risk factors, how to manage hypos, understanding the potential complications and most importantly how to lead a happy, healthy life! More information is available here>

Diabetes, Food and You

This session is led by a Registered Nutritionist who will be able to answer questions and bust common myths around diabetes and food, such as: What foods should I be eating? What foods should I avoid? Is there a ‘diabetes diet’ I should be following? Etc. This session will build upon the knowledge gained from ‘Diabetes & You’ so it’s important to attend that session first. Topics include understanding what a healthy and balanced diet means, what benefits do we get from each food group, why it’s important to understand carbohydrates and sugars plus much more! Further information is available here>

We strongly recommend attending the Diabetes and You session before attending this one.

Diabetes, Insulin and You

This education group is aimed at people who are new to using insulin. The sessions are led by a diabetes specialist nurse who will introduce the different types of insulin, why it’s required to support someone’s diabetes management and how to safely prep and use an insulin pen. This session is open to any family members or carers who want to learn how to confidently support someone taking insulin. More information is available here>

We strongly recommend attending the Diabetes and You session before attending this one.

Patients interested in attending these information sessions are encouraged to self-refer by filling in the referral form above

However, if you are referring for the information sessions on behalf of the patient (i.e. as a GP, Practice Nurse or other Clinician/Support Service), please follow this link to the Primary Care Referral Form and return to the team by email or post:

Email: CommDiabetesTeam@ghc.nhs.uk

Post: Southgate Moorings, 2 Kimbrose Way, Gloucester GL1 2DB

 

Frequently asked questions

Why should I attend a diabetes education session?

Having diabetes does not mean that you cannot lead a full and active life. However, there is a lot to learn in order to manage your condition well. You will get on-going support from your GP and practice nurse but it is also important to attend an education session soon after you are diagnosed. This is because there is an additional advantage to having good early control.

What happens after the diabetes education session?

Attending a diabetes education session will help you make the most of future appointments with your GP and practice nurse and be more involved in your treatment choices. We also send a letter to your GP to let them know that you have attended. 

What can I eat? Everyone is telling me something different.

Healthy eating and good activity levels underpin the management of diabetes. Diet and lifestyle adjustments are the most important aspects of diabetes care. Diabetes control improves if you adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Attending the Diabetes, Food & You session will provided you with all the up to date information and you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have.

Alternatively, if you would like more information about eating and diabetes we would recommend you visit the Diabetes UK website at www.diabetes.org.uk/enjoyfood

Why should I be concerned about my weight?

Eighty per cent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight. The more overweight and inactive you are, the more at risk of insulin resistance you are. The sessions will help you manage this.

Is type 2 a mild form of diabetes?

This is not true – it is a serious long term condition. An education course will give you the knowledge to feel confident to become an expert in control of your diabetes. Structured education will provide you with the skills and information you need to help you self-manage your condition. Your doctor and practice nurse will be able to provide you with advice and support, but most of your care will be provided by you.

If you require support from our Specialist Clinical Team (this includes our Specialist Nurses or Dietitians), a referral will need to be made by your GP or Practice Nurse, please contact them to discuss your request and initiate the referral.

Our administrators would be happy to answer any questions you may have prior to deciding if a referral to the clinical team is needed, please give us a call on 0300 421 8163.

Remember, all of our patient information sessions are available via self-referral. Please see above for more details.

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