Diabetes UK puts feet first in City & Hackney

Residents with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are invited to the Putting Feet First event on 14 June organised by Diabetes UK, City & Hackney CCG and the Homerton Hospital.

Attendees, including the families and friends of residents with the condition, will be able to meet other people with diabetes and hear about services and support from the NHS, health organisations and local groups. The event will also offer the chance to hear about diabetes footcare from healthcare professionals, while giving local health leaders a better understanding of how they can improve information and services.

Rachael Glover, Improving Care Manager at Diabetes UK, said: “The rate of amputations in the City & Hackney area is above the English average for both minor and major amputations. Diabetes-related amputations devastate lives. It’s essential that people living with diabetes know how to look after their feet, and that they check them daily.

“We want to raise awareness of the importance of foot care among people living with diabetes and their carers. We also want to ensure that health bosses and healthcare professionals hear from people with diabetes and what they think about local foot care services and information provided.”

The most recently released figures showed that 123 people in City & Hackney underwent a diabetes-related amputation between 2013-16, a rise of 50 since the previous recording period (2010-2013).

Putting Feet First will take place on Thursday, 14 June, from 6 - 8.30pm (refreshments and registration from 5.30pm) at the Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE. The event is free but people are asked to register as places are limited. Register online or via the Diabetes UK London Team on: 020 7424 1116.

Members of the local Diabetes UK local group will be at the venue in June and people are welcome to attend their regular meetings which take place on the third Tuesday or alternate months (the next meetings are planned for July and September) in the Community Room at the Picturehouse from 7pm.