Educational sessions are now being offered across the district to people with type two diabetes by specialists from Airedale hospital. ‘Diabetes made easy’ are new, two-hour sessions for anyone with type two diabetes who would like to understand more about the condition.
Patients only need to come along to one session to gain a broad understanding of what diabetes is and the best ways to manage it.
Jane Brophy, lead diabetes specialist dietitian who helps to run the sessions, says, “We have been offering diabetes education for a long time here at Airedale, but Diabetes Made Easy is a more accessible way for patients to come along as they are one-off sessions and take place in community locations.
“Diabetes education is extremely important for anyone with diabetes, as understanding the condition is the key to managing it.
“The course is really interactive and we discuss diet and think about which foods will be most effective in different scenarios. There is opportunity for patients to ask questions and talk to one another about their experiences.
“The pilot sessions we ran were really successful, and participants went away having learnt something new about the condition.”
Upcoming sessions are taking place in Haworth, Keighley, Silsden, Glusburn, Ilkley and Settle. Courses will also be available which are tailored for the South Asian community including language support.
Patients can book a place on the course by calling 01535 294290 or emailing diabetesED@anhst.nhs.uk. Local GP surgeries can also refer patients.
The team are also looking for volunteer lay educators with personal experience of type 2 diabetes to share their knowledge. Volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01535 294852 to register their interest in becoming a lay educator.