February 2021 Newsletter

Dear All,

Firstly, let me remind you all of this month's talk. On Tuesday 16th February, Caroline Kim, a senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy at Kingston University will be talking to us about the different medications used to manage Diabetes. I am sure this is a subject of great interest to all of us and I am really looking forward to it. The meeting will be via Zoom at the usual time of 7pm as usual.  Do remember you can listen to these meetings using an ordinary phone and the instructions on how to do this are at the bottom of the Zoom joining instructions which I have sent out.

We have speakers now for both March and April. On Monday 15th March Yvanna Coopoosamy, a clinical psychologist, will talk to us on 5 strategies for feeling better. This will be a mixture of theory and practical tips on maintaining our mental health and improving our mood. She gave this talk as a webinar for Diabetes UK in the first lockdown and it was very well received. On Tuesday 13th April, Joseph Tulip from St Pancras Clinical Research will talk to us about neuropathy.

A number of you have told me your vaccination experiences and they have all been very positive so the roll-out does seem to be going smoothly in the borough of Kingston. My understanding is that we are well on track to complete the first four groups by the middle of February. In fact I know a number of people in Group 5 including myself have already got appointments. If you are in Groups 1-4, over seventy or shielding, and you have not been offered an appointment by 15th February please contact your GP. I will continue to send on the weekly updates I have been receiving from the CCG since our talk as they will continue to be of interest to a number of you. 

David, our Treasurer, has received a thank you from Diabetes UK for the £250 we donated from our funds last year. We decided to reduce our normal donation of £1,000 as we had not been able to hold any fund raising events last year and we do like to keep a little money in reserve.

I would like to ask if any of you would consider joining the committee. I am not asking for people to fill named posts but just to be part of the committee to help run the group. We meet 4 or 5 times a year to look at what we are doing and make suggestions for the future so the duties are not onerous. It is useful to have a number of members to act as a sounding board for the group. I know Richard would like to stand down from the committee soon but he would like to see some new members join before he does that. Please contact me if you would like to talk about this.

I have received a request from a trainee dietician for volunteers to complete a questionnaire and food diary as part of her degree course. However, she is looking for people aged 18-65 diagnosed with type 2 in the last 3 years, so I suspect many of us are ineligible. If you do fit the profile and would like to volunteer please let me know and I will put you in touch with her.

I look forward to seeing a number of you at the meeting on 16th February and in the meantime stay safe!


Anne Lewis-Lloyd

DUK Kingston Chair