Diabetes Support

Diabetes UK - Coronavirus

Please view information from Diabetes UK on Coronavirus and Diabetes

Website: www.diabetes.org.uk

Drop-in clinics for diabetic eye screening

No booking is required for eye screening drop-in clinics at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (First Floor, Orchard Centre).

These take place every weekday from 08:30-15:00.

There is a eye screening drop-in clinic at Cheltenham General Hospital (Medical Photography, Centre Block) on the last Wednesday of every month from 08:30-12:30.

Saturday and evening clinics also available at GRH and CGH

Please call for more information: 0300 422 4419

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Diabetes and Pregnancy

If you have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes and become pregnant it is important that you contact your GP for a telephone consultation as soon as possible. This is because it is important that we refer you quickly to the joint antenatal and diabetes clinic.

We will also need to ensure that the medication you are on is safe to continue. There are an increased risk of heart and spinal cord abnormalities in babies born to diabetic mothers , we therefore advise that you take 5mg folic acid which is only available on prescription.

Good diabetic control is vital to help to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy leading to better outcomes for mothers and babies. There is an increased risk of eye problems during pregnancy and kidney complications so the hospital will ensure that you will have closer monitoring of your eyes (retinopathy screening) and kidney screening.

Website: www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-and-pregnancy.html

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Keeping Active with Diabetes

Keeping active is an important part of one’s lifestyle, and particularly for those who either have or are at risk of diabetes.

Website: www.diabetes.co.uk

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is the development of raised blood sugar readings during pregnancy. If you develop gestational diabetes it can lead to complications during your pregnancy for you and your baby.

50% of woman who have gestational diabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes later in life without making lifestyle changes. If you have had Gestational Diabetes you should have a blood test 4 months after you have had your baby and then annually. This blood test checks your HbA1c ( average sugar readings in the past three months) which helps to pick up if diabetes is developing.

If you have had Gestational Diabetes before and become pregnant again please contact the GP again as soon as you are aware as you will need to be seen in the joint antenatal and diabetic clinic. The specialists are keen to see you early on in your pregnancy.

Website: www.diabetes.co.uk/gestational-diabetes

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