Coronavirus: ‘Eyesight of thousands at risk due to missed care’

  Coronavirus: 'Eyesight of thousands at risk due to missed care' GETTY IMAGES At least 10,000 people are at risk of suffering irreversible damage to their sight because of missed care during lockdown, experts say. Only 10% of the most urgent procedures are going ahead and fears about coronavirus mean many of those patients are not attending their appointments. Specialists warn that a surge in the number of people with sight loss could become "another cost of the pandemic". NHS England said people should seek [...]

The UK’s new coronavirus measures in numbers

The UK's new coronavirus measures in numbers. Crunching the data behind the government’s new approach to tackling the crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Pub-goers watch Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson and Sir Patrick Vallance give a press conference on coronavirus. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters On Monday the government ramped up its coronavirus measures, advising greater social distancing and warning the disease was “approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve”. The new measures included advice to avoid pubs, clubs, cinemas and [...]

Diabetes: More than 9,000 amputations a year in England caused by the disease

Diabetes: More than 9,000 amputations a year in England caused by the disease There were 27,465 lower limb amputations related to diabetes in England from 2015 to 2018 Diabetes leads to more than 176 leg, toe or foot amputations every week in England, according to new analysis by the charity Diabetes UK. Diabetes is the most common cause of lower limb amputations in the UK, with a someone living with the disease 20 times more likely to have an amputation than someone [...]

Type 2 diabetes ‘urgent public health crisis’ in Wales

Type 2 diabetes 'urgent public health crisis' in Wales GETTY IMAGES There has been a rise in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in Wales Type 2 diabetes is "the urgent public health crisis in Wales", it has been claimed, as the number of people with the disease increases. There has been a 2.2% rise in all diabetes cases since last year, with 198,883 sufferers - a prevalence of 7.6% in Wales, the highest in the UK. Diabetes UK Cymru said Wales was [...]

Diabetes UK calls for better pre-pregnancy and antenatal support

Diabetes UK calls for better pre-pregnancy and antenatal support. Charity organisation, Diabetes UK, has revealed data from their latest audit highlighting that only one in eight women with diabetes have access to risk-reducing pregnancy preparations. The 2017/2018 National Pregnancy in Diabetes (NPID) audit for England, Wales and the Isle of Man found that almost one in two babies of women with diabetes are large for their gestational age It also found that admissions to neonatal units remain very high for babies of [...]