Hartlepool puts the spotlight on diabetes

Delegates pictured at last year's Diabetes Wellness Day in Hartlepool.
Delegates pictured at last year's Diabetes Wellness Day in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool is putting the spotlight on diabetes.

Leading charity Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF) is coming to town for three days from Friday, November 13.

The public health statistics show there are nearly 5000 people in Hartlepool living with diabetes, with a further 1700 estimated to be undiagnosed

Lee Calladine

Co-ordinator Lee Calladine said: “The public health statistics show there are nearly 5,000 people in Hartlepool living with diabetes, with a further 1,700 estimated to be undiagnosed.”

The programme starts at Lloyds Pharmacy in Park Road on November 13 from 10am.

Leaflets, diabetes necklaces and medical check-up cards are available as well as a lifestyle check to help identify people who might be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

On World Diabetes Day, on Saturday November 14, the charity will hold its annual Diabetes Wellness Day at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience. It runs from 9.30am to 3pm.

Places must be pre-booked by email to events@drwf.org.uk, or 02392 636133 and cost £5 per person. More details are available at www.drwf.org.uk

Delegates include Dr Sue Jones, consultant physician in diabetes from the University Hospital of Hartlepool and nurses from the specialist diabetes team Lisa Doughty and Pam Stephens.

Health trainer Pam Cairns and Lorraine Harrison, health and exercise co-ordinator from Hartlepool Borough Council’s public health team will also be there.

DRWF will also be supporting a Diabetes Awareness Day at Tata Steel on Monday, November 16, working with the on-site medical team at the 42-inch mill in the morning and the 20-inch mill medical department in the afternoon.

For more information, contact events@drwf.org.uk or call 02392 636133.