As part of the day the Royal will celebrate patients who have successfully managed their diabetes and one of whom will be presented with the Robert Lawrence award, which recognises patients living with the condition for over 60 years.
Dr Robert Lawrence co-founded the Diabetic Association, now known as Diabetes UK, with H.G. Wells in 1934.
The annual awareness day highlights different aspects of the condition each year. The theme for this year’s campaign “Eyes on Diabetes” focuses on screening for Type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
The teams at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital have extended this to also include advice on eye health and retinopathy screening for people already living with diabetes.
To mark the day an event is being held in the foyer of the Royal Liverpool Hospital from 10.00am - 4.00pm to give patients the opportunity to chat to diabetes specialists and to learn more about the condition.
Ophthalmologists and eye screeners from St Paul’s eye clinic will also demonstrate retinopathy (retinal) screening and how they assess people’s risk of avoidable sight loss.
Representatives from Diabetes UK, Action for Blind People and Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) will also be on hand to answer any questions and to chat to patients.
A new patient health information resource will also be launched as part of the day which outlines the importance of regular eye checks for people living with diabetes. This has been developed in collaboration with Action for Blind People as part of the Eye Health Champions Project.
Julie Brake, diabetes specialist nurse at Royal Liverpool University Hospital said, “We are raising awareness of diabetes and want to provide as much support to people so they can understand the small changes they can make to prevent them being diagnosed in the future with the condition. We also want to make it clear to those with the condition that with the right care and treatment, anyone living with diabetes can and live life to the full.”
Taher Qassim, public health neighbourhood manager at Liverpool City Council added, “We are delighted to launch the new eye health information resource as part of World Diabetes Day. The tool highlights to the public the importance of looking after your sight and getting regular eye checks to prevent avoidable sight loss”
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