Health Board scoops diabetes awareness award

IN THE PICTURE: Hywel Dda Health Board has won an X-PERT Health for its patient education sessions which help county residents living with diabetes.

IN THE PICTURE: Hywel Dda Health Board has won an X-PERT Health for its patient education sessions which help county residents living with diabetes.

First published in News

Diabetes sufferers in Carmarthenshire have seen huge improvements to their health thanks to an award-winning scheme aimed at helping them better manage their condition.

The Hywel Dda University Health Board programme of patient education sessions won the award from X-PERT Health, a charity set up to underline the importance of keeping patients informed and aware of their conditions.

The award was presented after the Hywel Dda scheme received the highest scores for patient empowerment and satisfaction.

The education sessions have ensured that patients have felt better able to manage their condition.

Claire Hurlin, Hywel Dda’s head of chronic conditions management, said: “Of all the award categories available we are so proud to win this one which shows what a difference the programme can make to patients.

“Some conditions such as diabetes can often be positively influenced by lifestyle, self-care and appropriate management at home and in the community, thereby avoiding hospital admissions.

“To actively self-manage or self-care, individuals need confidence and skills to manage their health on a daily basis.

“They also need to be able to engage the effective support from the health professionals they work with who can act as a resource to them. This award recognises the good work being undertaken by our teams to achieve this.”

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1:24pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Huw Thomas says...

As someone who has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 weeks ago I must disagree with this article. Help is not swiftly forthcoming in Carmarthenshire. It necessitated me trying to get help from Diabetes UK only to discover that they were only after a contribution.
My Doctor has been fine, but there is only so much information she can give and that I can absorb during our appointments.
I honestly wish these organisations would go around patting themselves on the back.
As someone who has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 weeks ago I must disagree with this article. Help is not swiftly forthcoming in Carmarthenshire. It necessitated me trying to get help from Diabetes UK only to discover that they were only after a contribution. My Doctor has been fine, but there is only so much information she can give and that I can absorb during our appointments. I honestly wish these organisations would go around patting themselves on the back. Huw Thomas
  • Score: 1

11:08pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Huw Thomas says...

would not go around.
would not go around. Huw Thomas
  • Score: 0

10:28am Mon 7 Apr 14

clare2 says...

Huw Thomas wrote:
As someone who has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 weeks ago I must disagree with this article. Help is not swiftly forthcoming in Carmarthenshire. It necessitated me trying to get help from Diabetes UK only to discover that they were only after a contribution.
My Doctor has been fine, but there is only so much information she can give and that I can absorb during our appointments.
I honestly wish these organisations would go around patting themselves on the back.
Same here Huw. I was invited to attend the X-pert course, but as is was held once a week during the day - I work so could not attend. I have been diagnosed and left apart from one hopeless consultation with a very patronising nutritionist who referred me to the council run gym, but again the programme runs during the working day.
[quote][p][bold]Huw Thomas[/bold] wrote: As someone who has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 weeks ago I must disagree with this article. Help is not swiftly forthcoming in Carmarthenshire. It necessitated me trying to get help from Diabetes UK only to discover that they were only after a contribution. My Doctor has been fine, but there is only so much information she can give and that I can absorb during our appointments. I honestly wish these organisations would go around patting themselves on the back.[/p][/quote]Same here Huw. I was invited to attend the X-pert course, but as is was held once a week during the day - I work so could not attend. I have been diagnosed and left apart from one hopeless consultation with a very patronising nutritionist who referred me to the council run gym, but again the programme runs during the working day. clare2
  • Score: 1

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