First Steps Women’s Centre

With more than 86,000 people in Northern Ireland living with Diabetes, we’ve been gathering patients’ views on the condition and their hopes for services in the future. Deepak Samson explains more.


‘Setting the record straight’ is the theme for Diabetes Awareness Week and that’s exactly what we’ve been helping people to do.

Over the past few months we’ve been talking to diabetic patients to understand what’s working well for them and how they feel services could be improved.

Patients really value the care they receive from staff, and acknowledge the pressure they are often under.

They have also been keen to suggest ways in which services could be improved, and these include:

  • consistency in review appointments
  • a more accessible eye screening service, such as using high street opticians to deliver care
  • the idea of a one-stop shop for podiatrist, GP, nurse and dietician
  • more self-management courses

We’re sharing what people have told us with a wide network of Health and Social Care decision makers and community and voluntary organisations.

Are you living with Diabetes, or caring for someone who is? Are health care services in Northern Ireland meeting your needs?  Add or read comments here

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