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Sweet success for diabetes team

A dedicated diabetes specialist team has scooped a prestigious national Excellence Award for its innovative ways of promoting best practice across the health service.

The community diabetes specialist nursing team - at Virgin Care - won the Excellence Award at the Quality in Care (QiC) for the ‘Hypo Awareness Week’ category. The team provides quality services to patients across Surrey Heath, Farnham and North East Hampshire.

Hypoglycaemia occurs when a person’s blood glucose - also called ‘blood sugar’ - when levels drop too low, and the body does not have enough fuel to make energy.

People with diabetes can develop hypoglycaemia if the balance between diabetes medication, for example, insulin or certain tablets, or food eaten, and physical activity levels are not correct. Hypoglycaemia is treatable and avoidable, so raising awareness on this subject is key to its prevention.

The QiC Awards Event Manager, Emily Mayhew, said: “With healthcare teams under unprecedented pressure at the moment, it was great to see so many diabetes teams once again taking the time to get involved in this important campaign. Our finalists bowled us over with their proactive, creative approaches to raising awareness of hypoglycaemia.”

Liz Gilbert, Diabetes Nurse Consultant, added: “I am immensely proud to be part of such an amazing team of healthcare professionals at Virgin Care. The enthusiasm and passion to provide excellence in care is inspiring.”

Diabetes UK often refers to the ‘Missing Million’ – in total, 4.9 million people in the UK have diabetes and it is estimated that there are 850,000 more people living with undiagnosed diabetes.

Common symptoms of diabetes includes: being really thirsty, passing urine more frequently - particularly at night, feeling more tired than usual, blurry vision, thrush and losing weight.

If you are at all concerned about diabetes, at all, go to: for further information.

Frimley Health and Care