Mansfield Boots to launch free diabetes screening tests

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Boots in Mansfield’s Four Seasons Centre has launched a new free diabetes screening service to help residents better understand their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The innovative pilot service will provide Mansfield’s residents with a two-part screening service.

Teresa Chung, Boots Pharmacist, Boots Four Seasons Centre, said: “Our customers have told us that there is a need to raise awareness of the risk factors and to encourage early screening for type 2 diabetes. We are very pleased to be offering this important service for our customers and patients in Mansfield and would like to encourage people to come to our store in Four Seasons Centre for the free risk assessment and consultation.”

Composed of two parts, it identifies people at risk of developing the condition within the next 10 years through a simple risk assessment questionnaire created by the University of Leicester, the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Diabetes UK. The service also offers a free consultation with a healthcare advisor to discuss how to reduce potential risk and provide lifestyle advice.

Those identified as moderate or high risk from the initial assessment will then be offered a HbA1c finger prick blood test which instantly measures glucose levels in the blood from the previous three months.

This test is currently the most accurate measure of glucose available from a high street pharmacy, as it is unaffected by factors such as recent food or drink consumption. The tests are undertaken by a trained member of the Boots UK pharmacy team in a private pharmacy consultation room.

Peter Bainbridge, director of pharmacy at Boots UK, said: “With three million people currently diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and a further seven million at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, this pilot service aims to demonstrate the value that community pharmacy can offer in identifying and managing long-term conditions.

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) managing director, Rachel Munton, said: “Diabetes is a major health issue for the East Midlands.

“Many people are at risk of developing the condition or are unaware they have it. By offering a simple, quick and convenient test on the high street, this pilot project has huge potential to raise awareness of diabetes enabling early diagnosis, treatment and control, reducing the chances of people developing serious complications.”