Welwyn Hatfield residents tackle Type 2 Diabetes at masterclass

Welwyn Hatfield residents tackle Type 2 Diabetes at masterclass

People living with Type 2 Diabetes in Welwyn Hatfield have experienced a day-long masterclass in managing their condition by a range of professionals from the NHS, Diabetes UK and Herts Sports Partnership.

55 patients, family members and carers attended the education event at the end of March, which covered a wide range of ways in which diabetics can better manage their health, including diet, lifestyle, and medication tips.   

Local GP Dr Alister Parry, of Hall Grove and Parkway surgeries in Welwyn Garden City, gave advice on managing meals and medicines.  Janice Meakin, a diabetes education expert from X-Pert Health, delivered the keynote presentation, reinforcing the lifestyle messages delivered as part of a series of workshops delivered over the day.

Dr Hari Pathamanthan, Chair of East and North Hertfordshire CCG and a Welwyn GP said:

“Diabetes affects over 35,000 people in east and north Hertfordshire alone – that’s seven per cent of the population.  With the potential for serious complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, blindness and even amputation, it is vitally important that patients learn to manage their condition and live as healthily as possible”.

Attendees were also informed about the launch of a new community peer support group by Diabetes UK, which is made up of patients and carers living with the condition learning from each other by sharing their skills and experiences. The group will meet on the last Thursday of every month in the community room at the Tesco Extra on Oldings Corner, Hatfield from 7pm.

Robert Hallaway, an attendee from Panshanger, said: “The event has been very informative. I’ve been diabetic for over seven years and not come across something like this before, and I think everyone needs to access one of these events. It’s been really useful to meet others living with diabetes and share our experiences. I’m really glad I came.”

Anna Larke, a diabetic from Welwyn, added: “I thought I knew my diabetes quite well, but I’ve come out of today with so much more.  I’ve also found out about the whole network of support there is for diabetics, like Hertfordshire Health Walks and support groups. I’m definitely going to join both of those.”