October Newsletter (note next Zoom call is Mon 2nd Nov)

Newsletter (sent 23rd October 2020).  


Welcome to the October 2020 issue of the Diabetes UK Richmond and Twickenham Group (“DUKRT”) email newsletter.    


We held our third virtual monthly group meeting on 22nd September. Thank you to everyone who called in.  Dr Faisal Islam, GP at the Cross Deep Surgery in Twickenham, gave us a candid, informative and very interesting presentation about his experience of treating diabetes and some encouraging recent developments such as the low carbohydrate group.   


Our next virtual meeting will be on Monday 2nd November from 7pm to 8pm, which we will again hold using Zoom from 7pm to 8pm.  Our guest speaker will be Ruth Miller who is a Diabetes Nurse Consultant in the North West London Diabetes Transformation Team.  She has developed 'Diabetes 10 Point Training' programmes for health care staff and people with diabetes.   Ruth is passionate about diabetes education for all health care staff to ensure the best care for people with diabetes and self-empowerment through knowledge for all people with diabetes.  We are delighted that she has agreed to (virtually) cross the river and speak to us about her work and I do hope as many of us as possible manage to call in.  I will put the details of how to access the meeting on our website and send by email a couple of days ahead.  


We send our best wishes to all in this difficult time.   With physical meetings unlikely to be possible for a while yet, we will continue to hold virtual meetings while there is interest for us to do so.  I will also try to keep a closer eye on our incoming emails at dukrt@outlook.com so please do contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.    






Paul Gilbert 

Chair, DUKRT 




Some resources which you may find useful:   


https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus  Diabetes UK’s page about Coronavirus and diabetes.  Updated regularly and containing a lot of useful information.   


https://www.diabetesbooking.co.uk/  Where NHS-funded diabetes education courses can be accessed and booked directly by people across South London.  (Face-to-face courses currently on hold but remote options are available) 


https://www.swlondon.nhs.uk/ourwork/long-term-conditions/diabetes-toolkit/  Website set up by South West London CCG (which includes Richmond and Twickenham) with lots of useful information for local people with diabetes and other long-term conditions. 


https://mytype1diabetes.nhs.uk  An NHS online offering with a lot of useful informationon Type 1 diabetes as well as four eLearning courses for which you can register, covering a range of topics useful for people whose Type 1 diabetes is newly diagnosed or for those needing additional support. 


https://www.knowdiabetes.org.uk  This is the North West London CCGs’ diabetes website, which includes some really good information from Ruth and her colleagues. 


https://www.diabetes.org.uk/how_we_help/helpline  Diabetes UK has a helpline which is open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday 0345 123 2399.  It is a dedicated helpline for all people with diabetes, their family or friends, and people who are worried they might be at risk.   


https://www.richmond.gov.uk/services/wellbeing_and_lifestyle/diabetes_prevention Richmond Council website regarding diabetes prevention