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East Lancs diabetes amputations significantly above national average

Lancashire Telegraph: East Lancs diabetes amputations significantly above national average East Lancs diabetes amputations significantly above national average

THE number of diabetes sufferers in East Lancashire who have limbs amputated is ‘significantly’ above the national average.

Research by Diabetes UK has revealed that for every 1,000 people who suffer from the condition in the NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group area, 3.1 ended up having an amputation operation.

Nationally, the figure is 2.6 out of every 1,000.

The most recent East Lancashire figures, from the three years between 2010 and 2013, have not changed since the last study was carried out the year before.

But campaigners said the ‘postcode lottery’ was unacceptable, and called for better foot protection.

Gordon Dixon, chairman of the Diabetes UK Ribble Valley group said: “The percentage of amputations that are preventable is 70 to 80 per cent and that is the disturbing thing.

“I do not think it is being explained to patients how serious diabetes is.

“Diabetes has more complications than any other disease.

“I think there is a lot of educating to be done, not only with the patients, but with health professionals as well to make sure patients understand.”

A spokesman for Diabetes UK said: “Although there have been big improvements in care in some areas, newly-released figures show the postcode lottery of diabetes-related amputations in England is getting worse.

“And what is more unacceptable is that the gap between the worst and best performing areas has got bigger.

“This is particularly worrying as we know that up to 80per cent of amputations are preventable with good diabetes care, and well-commissioned patient pathways, which include fast access, when needed, to foot protection, and multi-disciplinary foot care teams.”

The group is asking Diabetes Voices to call for better foot care.

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4:21pm Mon 9 Jun 14

mavrick says...

It is the same story of Tory cuts to the NHS, false economy is the rule of the day.
It is the same story of Tory cuts to the NHS, false economy is the rule of the day. mavrick
  • Score: -7

4:57pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

mavrick wrote:
It is the same story of Tory cuts to the NHS, false economy is the rule of the day.
Nothing at all to do with 'Tory cuts'. Savage and unnecessary as they are, poor circulation is primarily the responsibility of the patient. Smoking, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are the key factors and it is stupid to expect medicine to sort out the patient's mistakes when they're too far gone.

Of course, having poor vascular services in the region won't help and no investment in education or improvement in facilities is doing little to ensure more people hang on to their lags.
[quote][p][bold]mavrick[/bold] wrote: It is the same story of Tory cuts to the NHS, false economy is the rule of the day.[/p][/quote]Nothing at all to do with 'Tory cuts'. Savage and unnecessary as they are, poor circulation is primarily the responsibility of the patient. Smoking, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are the key factors and it is stupid to expect medicine to sort out the patient's mistakes when they're too far gone. Of course, having poor vascular services in the region won't help and no investment in education or improvement in facilities is doing little to ensure more people hang on to their lags. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 12

5:05pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

I did of course mean 'legs' , not 'lags'. Apologies all round.
I did of course mean 'legs' , not 'lags'. Apologies all round. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 5

1:25am Wed 11 Jun 14

kingsherbal says...

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We have the same problem before on diabetes amputation, my aunt was scheduled for amputation due to severity the wounds on her lower limb, but my aunt decided to cancel the surgical operation, we use kings herbal food supplement a product from all natural ingredients for 90 days, wounds heal in timely fashion, her health condition improved, Philippine FDA approved product. Say NO to lower amputation it cause a lot of misery. visit there website www dot kingsherbalonline dot com kingsherbal
  • Score: 3

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