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Website tool set to help people with diabetes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

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A NEW website has been launched to help people with diabetes in Burton to compare the level of care they receive compared to neighbouring areas.

Diabetes UK’s Diabetes Watch site will allow people with the condition to ‘compare their care’ as well as seeing how many people are get vital checks every single year.

The map shows that 56.1 per cent of people in Burton with diabetes are receiving all the care they need to deal with the illness, compared to 65.5 per cent in South Derbyshire.

In Burton, 18.6 per cent of people are meeting all treatment targets compared to 20.4 per cent over in the border in Derbyshire.

The online tool also showed that around 2,000 are believed to have undiagnosed diabetes in South Derbyshire and 1,400 in East Staffordshire.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “It is important that everyone with diabetes gets these checks at least once a year, so it is deeply worrying that the proportion having them varies so widely from area to area.

“Considering how they can help prevent devastating health complications such as amputation and blindness, having a fourfold difference between the best and worst performing areas is simply not good enough.

“If more than 70 per cent of people with diabetes in areas with significant health challenges are getting the checks then there is no good reason why this should not be happening everywhere.

“But as things stand, the postcode lottery of diabetes checks means many thousands of people are missing out on vital healthcare that has the potential to identify problems early enough for them to be treated.

“We want clinical commissioning groups that do not give these checks to enough people at the moment to set out how they plan to improve the situation and for the Governments to explain how it is going to ensure people with diabetes can be confident they will get good quality care, wherever they live in the country.”

People can use the tool by heading online to http://diabeteswatch.diabetes.org.uk

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