reveals you are at risk, the CCG suggests making a routine appointment to see your GP or practice nurse.
GPs and practice nurses in the area provide the majority of diabetes care for those patients not on insulin and some also provide enhanced services for those on insulin and other injections.
Dr Andrew Roxburgh, who practices at Amherst Medical Practice in Sevenoaks and is the diabetes lead on NHS West Kent CCG's governing body, said: "Diabetes is on the increase and it's important those with it are diagnosed and treated, and that they continue to be monitored. It is important to diagnose diabetes early so that the appropriate treatment can begin as soon as possible. The longer diabetes is left undiagnosed the more tissue damage occurs."
"We're determined to offer some of the very best diabetes management services to our patients, and we've already made excellent progress. For example, as part of our best practice ethos, we'll be further improving training for clinical staff, so patients can have even more confidence in the service they receive.
Abbey Court Medical Centre in Tunbridge Wells. There is also a new centre in Sevenoaks Hospital. These centres mainly treat patients with diabetes who need injections and those with specific related complications.
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NHS West Kent CCG is making care for people with diabetes one of its key priorities for this year. It has been talking to patients, health professionals and charities and is improving services as a result. This year, local GP practices will help even more diabetes patients, by offering specialist care that will help to manage complex, diabetes related conditions.
People with a close family member who has type 2 diabetes (see notes for information on type 1 and type 2 diabetes)
Those at risk of developing diabetes include:
Dr Roxburgh said: "The changes will mean people with diabetes will be able to get diagnosed and treated easier, and there will be more support for people with the condition.
Complications from poor control of long term diabetes include damage to eyesight, kidneys and nerves as well as accelerated arterial disease giving rise to increased risk to the feet, for example ulcers and ultimately gangrene if not correctly managed. The CCG aims to reduce the rate of all of these complications in west Kent.
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In the UK, diabetes affects approximately 2.9 million people. There are also thought to be around 850,000 people undiagnosed. In the NHS West Kent CCG area (population of 463,730), which includes Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and part of Sevenoaks, there are 18,990 people diagnosed with diabetes.
Symptoms can include feeling very thirsty, urinating frequently particularly at night, feeling very tired, blurred vision, recurrent skin infections, weight loss and loss of muscle bulk. However, not everyone with diabetes has symptoms as they can develop late on.
As Diabetes Week starts (9 15 June), NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is recommending people consider taking further steps to find out if they are at risk of developing diabetes. If the survey Omega Speedmaster Black Dial
"And we'll also be looking at locations, making sure that the experience of care is as comfortable and convenient for patients as possible. This is good news for all diabetes patients in the area, and the CCG will always look for even more ways of developing our existing good work."
are obese, as well as those with Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Blue Dial a close family member with diabetes, are at higher risk of developing the condition.
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