People in Fylde and Wyre have been urged to keep their Eyes on Diabetes as health leaders in the area promote World Diabetes Day 2016.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group bosses are calling on the estimated 25,000 people with diabetes across the Fylde coast to make sure they attend regular screenings.

Blackpool Tower will be lit up blue for the night to promote the campaign while diabetes information will be handed out in the mezzanine area at Victoria Hospital.

Screening for diabetes complications is an essential part of managing type one and type two diabetes.

Diabetes is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation. More than a third of all people currently living with type one and type two diabetes will develop some form of damage to their eyes that can lead to blindness.

However these complications can be prevented or delayed by maintaining blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels as close to normal as possible.

Many complications can be picked up in their early stages through screening, so that treatment can be given to prevent them becoming more serious.

Dr Tony Naughton, clinical chief officer for Fylde and Wyre CCG and a Thornton GP, said: “We are delighted to promote the Eyes on Diabetes message today and echo the urge for all diabetes patients to take up their regular screening appointments.

“These are crucial to the ongoing management of people’s condition and can help prevent very serious complications.

“People can still live a very full and normal life even if they are diagnosed with diabetes, but it is important they know how to look after themselves.”

The CCG is in the process of launching a new service for diabetes patients aimed at providing more focused care for people with the condition within their local community.

As well as appointments in community clinics across Fylde and Wyre, the new service will provide more support and education to help patients to manage the condition.


World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.