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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

If you have diabetes you are at an increased risk from COVID 19.

Things you can do

  • Take the government advice on social distancing/ isolation
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Ensure you have your regular supplies of medication and test strips
  • If you have Type 1 diabetes ensure you have ketone testing strips for blood or urine

Managing Illness

Key messages

  • Monitor your blood glucose more regularly
  • NEVER stop taking insulin
  • STOP Metformin tablets (eg. Sukkarto, Glucophage)
  • SGLT-2 inhibitor tablets MUST be stopped until you are well again (eg. Dapagliflozin, Canagliflozin, Ertugliflozin, Empagliflozin)
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Rest
  • Type 1s must check Ketone levels

Useful links and information

Please contact the team for advice.

Your blood glucose monitor company and insulin companies also have their own helplines.

Routine Education and support

All our routine diabetes education programmes are cancelled for the time being. If you are booked on a course you will be notified and re-invited when dates become available.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01527 488697 (answer machine)for non urgent enquiries.

Routine Online learning alternatives

Type 2 diabetes. Mapmydiabetes is available for people with a Worcestershire GP. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be set up with an account.

People with Type 1 diabetes can access www.bertieonline.org.uk

Team contact details

Diabetes Specialist Nursing team

Worcestershire Royal Hospital   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      01905 733834

Kidderminster Hospital This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 01562 826385

Smallwood House, Redditch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       01527 488649

Paediatric Diabetes Specialist nurses - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Worcestershire Royal Hospital       01905 760225

Kidderminster Hospital    01562 826393

Smallwood House, Redditch       01527 488656

Community Diabetes Dietitians

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There are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes or early-onset diabetes because it often develops before the age of 40, usually during the teenage years.

In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas (a small gland behind the stomach) does not produce any insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. If the amount of glucose in the blood is too high, it can seriously damage the body's organs.

If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections for life. You must also make sure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and having regular blood tests.

In type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to it. This is known as insulin resistance.

Find out more at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/

For information about Diabetes services for children, please visit our children's services pages

 

Contact us

Diabetes centre, Smallwood House, Redditch
01527 488649

Fred Holland Centre for Diabetes, Kidderminster
01562 513239

Diabetes Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital
01905 760726