Di­a­betes web­site is a suc­cess

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

DI­A­BETES suf­fer­ers in Bucks have been given a boost af­ter a web­site was set up to help them dis­cuss their views and ideas.

The Im­prove Di­a­betes site, run jointly by the county coun­cil and health chiefs, was launched in June this year and within six weeks had re­ceived 1,500 visi­tors.

It has proved to be such a suc­cess that some users are now try­ing to ar­range a face to face meet­ing with a view to set­ting up a new di­a­betes fo­rum.

Project of­fi­cer Jack Work­man said: “The aim was take an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to the way in which we en­gage with pa­tients and to tap into peo­ple’s ideas and com­ments to dis­cover what they want in terms of di­a­betes ser­vices in Bucks.

“We are de­lighted with the suc­cess so far be­cause peo­ple have re­ally seemed to en­gage and want to dis­cuss the rel­e­vant is­sues around di­a­betes.”

The web­site was set up to lis­ten to the views of peo­ple with type one and two di­a­betes so that health­care in Bucks could im­prove, and to raise aware­ness of the ill­ness in the county by high­light­ing health is­sues.

The project, which is still in pi­lot stage, is run by the As­sis­tive Tech­nol­ogy Team based at Bucks County Coun­cil with in­put from pa­tient rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Health­watch Bucks.

Dr Kathy Hoff­mann, di­a­betes clin­i­cal lead for Ayles­bury Vale and Chiltern Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups, is thrilled with the way the pub­lic has re­sponded to the site.

She said: “It’s taken off and de­vel­oped a life of its own – the site has be­come the pa­tients’ voice,” she said.

“Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple are re­turn­ing time and again to it. Peo­ple who would not nor­mally be able to come to meet­ings to en­gage with us are now able to give us opin­ions at ev­ery stage of the process.

“And th­ese views re­ally do mat­ter be­cause ev­ery opin­ion ex­pressed on the site is used to help us make de­ci­sions.”

To visit the web­site, go to https://im­prove bucks­di­a­betes.crowdic­ity. com.

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