Diabetes sufferers urged asked have their say and help improve services

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NHS Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking local people living with diabetes to help improve local foot care services.

Working in partnership with Diabetes UK, the UK’s leading diabetes charity, the CCG wants to raise awareness of the importance of patients with diabetes looking after their feet and give them the opportunity to influence the development of future foot care services locally.

Joanne Riddell, support and development manager, Mansfield and Ashfield NHS CCG and project lead, said: “It’s extremely important that everyone with diabetes understands how the disease can affect their feet. It can cause ulcers which, left untreated, can even lead to an amputation. Regular foot checks and knowing the signs to look out for are all vital to avoid these complications.”

“We are holding two events for people with diabetes and, or, their carers to come along and tell us what they think about the current foot care services we offer and what their experience of these services has been. We want to know what they like or don’t like, and any ideas they may have about how the services we offer can be improved.”

Both events are easy to reach, taking place at the Summit Centre in Kirkby in Ashfield and the Civic Centre in Mansfield on March 21 and March 26 respectively.

Booking a place is necessary to ensure catering arrangements can be made. Places can be booked by contacting Sharni Cross on 01623 673433 or by email at sharni.cross@nottspct.nhs.uk

Those who take part will be given a complimentary lunch and refreshments, and any reasonable out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Anyone who would like to give their views but cannot attend either event should contact Sharni Cross.