NHS Health Information Bus Tour, 12 – 23 June 2017

The Gloucestershire NHS Health Information Bus will be out and about around the county this month in support of this year’s National Diabetes Awareness campaign, inviting members of the public to learn about diabetes, understand their risks and seek the right help and support when they need it.

The theme of this year’s campaign, Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes, encourages people to think about healthier lifestyles in order to prevent the onset of diabetes.

It also supports people with diabetes to share their experiences and knowledge to help others with the condition and asks people to join the fight against the challenges that diabetes presents, from funding for research to perceptions around the condition.

Dr Caroline Bennett, Clinical Lead for Diabetes at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“While a lot of people have a good understanding of diabetes and how to manage it, many others aren’t getting the right help and support to look after their condition.

Anyone can get diabetes and the consequences can be serious, yet many people don’t realise that they have the condition. It’s therefore really important to find out if you’re at risk because then you can do something about it.

Evidence shows the best way to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes is to eat more healthily, take some exercise and, if you are overweight, to lose some weight.”

The Information Bus will be visiting the venues listed below between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Pop on board and speak to one of the nurses, eye health professionals, support group members, dietitians or lifestyle co-ordinators to find out more about diabetes.

  • Monday 12 June Gloucester – Outside HSBC
  • Wednesday 14 June Stroud – High Street
  • Thursday 15 June Cheltenham – Outside M&S
  • Friday 16 June Forest of Dean – Coleford (Clock Tower Roundabout)
  • Monday 19 June Forest of Dean – Newent (Co-op Car Park)
  • Wednesday 21 June South Cotswold – Cirencester (Market Place)
  • Friday 23 June North Cotswold – Stow-on-the-Wold (Market Square)

For more information about National Diabetes Week, visit : https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/ (Please note that the national campaign dates differ slightly to the Information Bus Tour dates.)

Find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes here: diabetes.org.uk