April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Worries about loss of eyesight and steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of this occurrence was the valuable lead topic of our recent April meeting. Members had many questions for our presenter Shervin Lari, who is a Retina Consultant at Kingston Hospital. I think we all improved our knowledge by listening to the answers she was able to provide.  Our forward plan is to return to the subject of eye care and treatment at one of our Spring meetings in 2017.

In the meantime, our next meeting is 6.45p.m. on Thursday 19th May when we will be joined by Manuela Volta, a member of the impressive research team at Diabetes UK national headquarters. Diabetes has certainly been in the news over the last few weeks and there are many exciting new ideas developing that will potentially help people avoid the condition, utilise the best possible treatment and possibly make a full recovery. Therefore this meeting should be a must for anyone who may have either current or future concerns as to how they might cope. As always the event is free to attend and takes place in the usual venue of the Education Centre which is on the 5th Floor of the Surgical Centre building of Kingston Hospital.

I am pleased that we have now finalised the programme of all meetings through to December. Plans are already well advanced to cover a range of other important topics from the start of 2017, and I hope to be able to announce this by the end of May.

It was pleasing that when tickets first went on sale for the Quiz Night on Thursday 16th June we had such an immediate supportive reaction from members. Please remember that this event in the United Reformed Church Hall in Cavendish Road, New Malden is our big fund-raising drive of the year . Tickets are very reasonably priced at £5 each which includes either an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink on arrival, nibbles and being part of a team competing for some worthwhile prizes. To make this work successful we need not only those with a diabetic condition to participate but lots of friends, family, neighbours, etc. so please give this your best effort. Without a successful occasion such as this we cannot guarantee that the Kingston group will be sustainable, so please do your part in making it work. Contact Pravin Patel on 0208 337 5743 or e-mail prav1npatel@hotmail.co.uk to get your tickets, which will also be available to buy at our May meeting. 

I thought you would like to know that through my representing diabetes on the Borough-wide Patient Participation Group, run by the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), the issues surrounding diabetes are receiving a much higher focus in planning primary care services across Kingston. Included among this is the improved stimulation of GPs to contribute numbers to the National Diabetic Audit, where participation levels over the last year have been disappointingly low. With improved intelligence on the extent and details of the condition among local people better planning can be put in place by not only the CCG but also Kingston Hospital and its outreach centres. I  will keep you up to date on the progress at our future meetings.

Finally, I thought you would like to know that the first of the diabetes-related exercise programmes being run by the Get Active team at Kingston Council is to start at 10.30a.m. on Thursday 26th May at Tolworth Recreation Centre. So far we have nine people attending the first free session. After this the remaining nine one hours lessons on consecutive weeks will cost £3.50 each. If you have an interest and are not on the current list of those planning to participate, please come back to Clare on this by 20th May at the very latest (click on the "contact us" tab on this website).

Looking forward to seeing everyone on 19th May.

Richard Allen, Chairman