People newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in Wigan Borough helped to manage their condition more effectively

23 January 2014

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, in partnership with Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group, is running a new programme for people in Wigan Borough who have been newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes in Wigan Borough
Photograph: Community Diabetes Specialist Nurses Marie Smith and Janice Clegg, DESMOND Educators Pamela Taylor and Celine Tracey and DESMOND administrator Jane Brown.

The DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) programme, is a six hour course which has been specifically developed nationally by NHS staff for those who have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The DESMOND programme helps people gain an understanding of their condition and provides them with practical skills to help them manage their Diabetes.

In Wigan regular courses will be run by Diabetes Nurse Educators Pamela Taylor and Celine Tracey from a variety of convenient locations such as Boston House/ Wigan Health Centre, Dam House/ Astley Clinic, Chandler House/ Worsley Mesnes Clinic and Golborne Clinic.

Anyone who lives in Wigan Borough who has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in the last 12 months will receive a letter from Desmond Coordinator Jane Brown followed by a telephone call inviting them to attend the DESMOND programme.

Celine Tracey, one of our DESMOND Educators for Bridgewater said:

“We understand it can be daunting time when you are first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Although Diabetes can have serious health consequences such as heart disease and blindness, you can minimise these risks through careful management. This can range from leading a healthier lifestyle to making sure you have your flu jab.

“The DESMOND course is an excellent opportunity for people in Wigan to learn more about their condition, meet other people who have Type 2 Diabetes and put any questions they have to our friendly nurse educators. We urge anyone who gets a letter inviting them to a session to attend and they can even bring a carer or friend if they wish.”

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