East Yorkshire receives funding for diabetes support

Health services in Hull and the East Riding are to get a share of half a million pounds to improve care and treatment for people living with diabetes in the region.

The cash which has come from the NHS will be spilt between four Clinical Commissioning Groups across the Humber area to develop existing services. 

Erica Daley, director of integrated commissioning with NHS Hull CCG, says: “We are really pleased to have secured this diabetes transformation funding. 

"Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health concerns in our area and the CCG will be working with local partners to improve the outcomes for people with diabetes in Hull and East Yorkshire. 

"Most importantly for people living with the condition, we want to ensure they are given the skills and support to self-manage their illness, reducing the likelihood of complications such as blindness, kidney failure and amputations."

Alex Seale, East Riding CCG director of commissioning and transformation, says: "This funding is a great boost the population of East Riding of Yorkshire. The money will be used support the expansion of a multi-disciplinary foot care team and increase funding to enhance patient educational courses, supporting patients to understand and adapt to living with diabetes, taking control of their health and improve quality of care."

Stephen Ryan, Diabetes UK Head of the North says: "This money will help to significantly improve diabetes foot care in the region; reducing the risk of amputation and providing people with the necessary support to look after themselves – and their feet – more effectively.

"It will also help to significantly improve structured education programmes in the area, enabling more people living with diabetes to learn how to manage their condition effectively and help them to achieve their treatment targets for blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol.

"It’s essential that the nearly 55,000 people who have been diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the Humber region receive the help they need to avoid devastating complications and reduce long term costs. At Diabetes UK we are committed to working with the CCGs to provide better care and achieve these improvements."

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