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BREXIT AND THE SUPPLY OF INSULIN

A message from Angela Mitchell, National Director, Diabetes Scotland

 

9 September 2019

 

Brexit and the supply of Insulin

We know that you are a relied-upon source of information and support for people living with diabetes in your area. In light of recent and ongoing political news surrounding Brexit, we’re aware that you may be asked about what Diabetes Scotland is doing to ensure the availability of insulin and diabetes medications in the event of a no-deal.

We’re writing to you today to give you an update on our work in this area. Please be assured that we’re not writing to cause alarm; we felt it was important to give our Local Groups the latest on our work on this issue, to help you feel confident in answering any questions you may get, and in where to signpost people for further information should they need it.

As you will know, in April the UK Government agreed with the EU a further extension of the Article 50 period to 31 October 2019. While the UK Government says that leaving the EU with a deal remains its priority, there remains a high degree of uncertainty about what will happen on 31 October. While the UK Government has overall responsibility for EU exit contingency planning and for customs entry and control, the Scottish Government is working with the UK government and other agencies and has responsibility for the plans in Scotland.

Along with colleagues from Diabetes UK, we have been working hard to seek clarity on the contingency plans from both UK and Scottish Government officials and to make clear that maintaining an uninterrupted supply of insulin is vital.

In April, Diabetes Scotland led a coalition of charities seeking clarity from Scottish Government on the supply of insulin and medical supplies in Scotland event of a deal Brexit. We met with the Principle Pharmaceutical Officer, Prof Alison Strath, and the lead civil servant for provision of medicines and was reassured that contingency plans were in place at that time.

With the fresh focus on the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, I have been back in contact with Prof Strath and Scottish Government to seek an update.

Scottish Government has established a NHS Scotland Medicines Shortages Response Group to ensure that UK wide plans are carried out effectively in Scotland. Two of the main insulin manufacturers (Novo Nordisk and Sanofi) have confirmed they have increased their insulin stock levels, from the normal six weeks stock to 16 weeks, to ensure no disruption to supply in the immediate aftermath of a no-deal.

Diabetes UK continues to liaise closely with the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care, receiving regular updates on contingency planning from them. I will remain in contact with key officials at Scottish Government. We will, of course, continue to seek assurances that people living with diabetes will receive their essential medication in the event of a no-deal.

We will keep you updated with any further information that Diabetes Scotland receives and in the meantime please do read, and feel free to refer others to Diabetes UK’s Brexit blog for all the latest.

Read our Brexit blog

If you or anyone else has any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Rupert Pigot here at Diabetes Scotland, or get in touch with our Helpline on 0141 212 8710, or by emailing helpline.scotland@diabetes.org.uk

Thank you for the continued hard work you and your Local Group do in supporting people with diabetes in your community.

Yours sincerely,

 
 

Angela Mitchell

National Director, Diabetes Scotland

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my diabetes my way, the interactive diabetes website                      

Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for August 2019.

25,000 Active Users!

This month, My Diabetes My Way had its 25,000th user log in to access their diabetes records. We would like to thank everyone for contributing to this achievement and hope you continue to find the service useful in supporting your diabetes management. In addition to people logging in to access their diabetes records, many more people from around the world make use of the information available on the website to help them manage their condition.

New Questionnaires

We have recently added some new questionnaires that allow you to assess your mental health and general wellbeing. The aim of these questionnaires are to allow you to self-assess areas where you may benefit from talking to your healthcare team. When you complete these assessments, we will provide you with a summary that explains your result, further guidance on what you can do next, and links to information that may help you.

When you log in to My Diabetes My Way and select "My Home Data", you will see two new assessments:

1.      Mental Health Test: Indicates if you are suffering from, or are at risk of depression

2.      Wellbeing Test: Assesses your general wellbeing and how you are feeling

Both of these questionnaires have recently been recommended internationally as the standard methods of assessment for wellbeing and mental health (https://www.ichom.org/portfolio/diabetes/).

Hypo Awareness Week 2019

This year, Hypo Awareness week runs from 30th September to 6th October. For more information on hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose), see the following link:

https://www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/Content.aspx?id=11

To find out more about Hypo Awareness Week and to get involved, visit the following website:

https://hypoawarenessweek.com/

My Diabetes My Way User Survey

In September, we will be launching a new user survey to allow you to give us your feedback. Your responses to this survey will help us to assess the My Diabetes My Way service and help us to plan future developments. All responses will be stored securely and our analysis will be entirely anonymous. This should only take around five minutes of your time. We will be in contact with further details in around two weeks time.

My Diabetes My Way Support

If you are having problems logging in to My Diabetes My Way, or are new to the service and would like an update on the status of your registration, you can contact our support team by email at mydiabetesmyway@nhs.net 

Thank you for your continued support.

The mydiabetes*myway team

mydiabetesmyway@nhs.net

www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk

Twitter: @MyDiabetesMyWay

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mydiabetesmyway

Clinical Technology Centre, Level 7, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD1 9SY​

 

WEST FIFE GROUP

West Fife Group Becomes a

Peer Support Community Group

 

Bob Liddle is the Lead Volunteer and Eric Moodie the Deputy Lead Volunteer. 

Nominated Local Team Contacts are Elaine Nolton and Grace MacLachlan.

Dates for your Diary 2019

 

The dates for the next session of Open Meetings of the Group, to be held in the Education Centre, Queen Margaret Hospital, Whitefield Road, Dunfermline, KY12 0SU.

The Open Meetings are:

NEXT MEETING:  Saturday 28 September 2019

Saturday 26 October 2019                      Saturday 30 November 2019

All Meetings start promptly at 10.30 in the Education Centre, Queen Margaret Hospital, Whitefield Road, Dunfermline.

            There will be a reminder as usual before each meeting with details.

            If any of your details are incorrect or have changed please let me know.

Bob Liddle (Lead Volunteer) on 01383 728069

E mail:- Diabeteswestfife@outlook.com

 

Many thanks to the West Fife Peer Support Community Group for providing this presentation on Metformin, given by Professor Sutherland at their Open Meeting on Saturday 25th May 2019.

CENTRAL FIFE VOLUNTARY GROUP

THE NEXT OPEN MEETING WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER

due to unavailability of Speakers.

Central Fife Voluntary Group Open Meetings are held in the Lecture Theatre in the Education Centre Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy. Time - 10am for 10:30am until 12 noon approx. on specific Saturdays

Fife Type 1 Warriors Information

Young People with Type 1

Contact Information for the new activities are HERE

NEW - NEW - NEW

STEP ON STRESS COURSES ARE BACK - CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & LEAFLETS

Mobile App

The My Diabetes My Way app is now available on iOS and Android. Patients can register, or access their data directly on mobile smartphones and tablets. The guide is available to explain the process: HERE

Presentation to West Fife Group (Prof Taylor)

Presentation to West Fife Group (Prof Dillon)

Click me to find out more!

Our Scottish Charity Registration Number 

 Diabetes UK, Scotland is a Scottish Charity... No. SCO39136 : Website Administrator - Ian Sloan - email: dukfife@gmail.com 
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