March Newsletter

Information on Coronavirus (from the swindondiabetes.co.uk website)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. The risk to the general public is moderate.  Persons who have arrived back to the UK from certain countries including China, Iran, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and northern Italy are asked to follow the specific advice for returning travellers available on gov.uk. But in general if you have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath, or have been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus you are asked not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Instead you should call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Further information is available on nhs.uk.

Could Exercise help to bring back Hypo Awareness?

Around 25% of people with type 1 diabetes have reduced awareness of the symptoms of low blood sugars. New findings from researchers at the University of Dundee are helping to shed light on why this might happen and how it could be reversed. It is known that if you have repeated hypos you’re more likely to stop noticing when you go low - but its not yet fully understood why.
One line of thinking points to habituation – a form of adaptive memory that develops in response to repeated, often stressful, events. Could hypo unawareness be a habituated response where the body ‘gets used’ to low blood sugar levels and doesn’t respond in the same way after repeated hypos? This has led researchers to ask, if habituation plays a role in causing hypo unawareness, then could dishabituation – introducing a new stress, such as a short episode of high intensity exercise – act like a shock to the system and help to restore awareness? Find out more about this project at https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/exercise-help-hypo-awareness

Changes to Walk in services at Swindon NHS Health Centre

From 1st April 2020, the Walk-in Centre based within Swindon NHS Health Centre, will no longer be available. Until 31st March the centre will remain open from 8am until 6pm, seven days a week. Other services within Swindon NHS Health Centre, including the pharmacy and GP practices based there are not affected by these changes.
An easy way to get the right help, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (including weekends and bank holidays), is to call NHS 111 or go online to 111.nhs.uk. Trained advisers will ask a series of questions before either signposting to a local service, arranging a face-to-face appointment or offering advice on self-care.