EXPERTS in diabetes at the DGH have been praised for an education programme aimed at helping people with the condition.
Staff at the hospital were invited to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) conference in Birmingham, with Sally Faulkner, clinical service manager diabetes and endocrinology, and Janet Jackson, lead diabetes dietitian, heading the delegation.
The pair delivered a presentation on the SADIE scheme (Skills for Adjusting Diet and Insulin in East Sussex) which helps people suffering from type one diabetes.
SADIE, a five-day course, was launched in 2004 and has helped hundreds of people to better learn how to manage their condition.
Ms Faulkner said, “Type one diabetes affects approximately 2,000 living in East Sussex, who are dependent on daily insulin injections for their survival.
“Unlike type two diabetes, its diagnosis is not associated with obesity or an unhealthy diet. Often people with type one diabetes live with feelings of frustrations from the stigma associated with the general public’s misconceptions.
“Without an understanding of the condition, sufferers often feel restricted, isolated and helpless and that is where SADIE can help.”
For more information about SADIE log onto www.nice.org.uk or call the SADIE team on 01323 414902.