Graham to host diabetes roundtable to tackle high amputation rate in the East Riding
Graham is working to improve diabetes care in Beverley and Holderness and intends to develop an action plan with leading doctors, health officials and patients at a special summit he will hold later this month with Diabetes UK.
There are currently an estimated 18,300 adults with diabetes in East Riding of Yorkshire. Worryingly, East Riding of Yorkshire has the second highest diabetes-related amputation rate in the North and Yorkshire – NHS data shows there have been 202 amputations locally over the last three years, involving people losing their feet or their legs. This is 70 higher than if the East Riding were in line with the national trend.
Diabetes UK believe there are problems with the quality of foot checks, the staffing of podiatry services and late referrals by GPs and nurses in primary care. Graham has called his summit to discuss these and other issues with medical experts and those who live with the condition.
Speaking ahead of the summit, Graham said, “I’m really pleased with how the summit has come together. We’ve got vascular surgeons from Hull and from York together with their teams, representatives from East Riding Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Group and also three local patient groups. I’m very grateful to everyone who has agreed to lend their expertise.
“We’re going to focus on what are the drivers of such an appalling loss of people’s mobility and any failures of treatment that are leading to it. What I hope will come out of the day is a programme and a vision that will ensure we improve the quality of care for diabetes sufferers in Beverley and Holderness.”
Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes UK said: “Diabetes is a serious condition that has serious, life-changing complications. People are often shocked to find diabetes is the most common cause of amputation operations done by the NHS. Yet with the right support from their healthcare team, many of those amputations could be avoided – saving the NHS a lot of money as well as unnecessary human suffering.”
February 14th, 2017