Medical staff raise awareness about diabetes in south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer: Watford MP Richard Harrington joined West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff for diabetes week Watford MP Richard Harrington joined West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff for diabetes week

Medical staff from the diabetes teams at Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans hospitals came together to raise awareness about the condition.

Planned events included a study day for nurses to improve their handling of patients with diabetes, and a sponsored motorbike ride from Scotland to Gatwick to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Dr Arla Ogilvie, lead clinician for diabetes services across the three hospitals, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Diabetes Week. With so many people in the UK with diabetes we are pleased and privileged to have a local centre that can support our patients’ needs and help them manage their condition more effectively."

There are currently 3.2 million people living with diabetes across the UK. Around 90% of these have Type-2 diabetes, a largely avoidable condition.

Every year, West Hertfordshire Hospitals treat 2,800 diabetes patients, and the condition affects approximately 17% of all inpatients.

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