20th May 2020
Today, NHSEI has released new data into diabetes and COVID-19. You can read the story here.
People with diabetes, their carers and those that treat them may be concerned, however we would like to reassure them and you that the risk for people aged under 40 with diabetes is still low.
The NHS has put extra measures in place so that people living with diabetes can continue to receive care and is currently commissioning services to help people with diabetes of all ages self-manage their condition with online support.
We have also extended the availability of a diabetes helpline for anyone with insulin-dependent diabetes to help with any concerns during this difficult time. The helpline is available via Diabetes UK’s support line: 0345 123 2399.
We are currently working up some materials to help local teams promote these new services including template letters to people with diabetes, promotional tweets and newsletter/bulletin copy which will be with you soon.
This new data has been shared with CMO and Government have confirmed that NERVTAG will review the evidence for shielding, including what evidence is emerging about who is at highest clinical risk of severe illness if they catch COVID-19. This will inform the future of the shielding programme.
NHS Diabetes Programme Team
3rd April 2020
Clinical guide for the management of anticoagulant services during the coronavirus pandemic can be read here
Last week the NHS wrote to those people considered to be at highest clinical risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) to inform them that they should stay at home at all times and avoid all face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks. A series of FAQs on this process has been added to our website at the following link:
This information may help with any queries which you are receiving.