The Diabetes Service provides a highly specialist level of education, assessment, treatment and management for children and adults with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance who are registered with a Salford General Practitioner and several out of area patients.
All facets of the service are focused on developing and supporting patients with the principles of self-management.
Nutrition and Dietetic Service
For those with type 1 diabetes, the Salford Community Diabetes Team (CDT) offers the DAFNE (dose adjustment for normal eating) course. This is a structured diabetes education course to help you work towards your personal diabetes-related goals. The aim is to help you lead as normal a life as possible, while still controlling your blood glucose levels, and so reducing the risk of long-term complications related to diabetes. The course runs four times a year and takes place every Tuesday for five weeks, 9 am-5 pm, at Swinton Gateway.
The CDT also runs a one-off 3 hour Carb Counting session which is useful as a refresher on carb counting for those who have attended DAFNE in the past, or for patients unable to commit to the DAFNE course.
If you have type 2 diabetes, the CDT runs four education groups that you can attend. The one-off 2½ hour introductory session aimed at helping attendees learn the basics of managing diabetes is called Diabetes Basics.
Following this, patients can attend the food-focused 2½ hour workshop-style session called I Have Type 2 Diabetes - What Can I Eat? This session takes a practical look at helpful and harmful food choices for diabetes.
The Living With Diabetes course is 3 x 2½ hour sessions based on conversation maps to lead a group discussion on several diabetes-related topics, including what diabetes is, lifestyle changes to manage or reverse diabetes, the role of medications and possible long term complications. Patients are offered support to lose weight and become more active.
The X-PERT Diabetes course is the most detailed of the groups on offer. It consists of 6 x 2½ hour sessions, spread over six weeks. Sessions take an in-depth look at what happens in the body to cause diabetes, what attendees can do to manage or reverse their diabetes (including a menu of dietary options for safe weight loss), key health results and how to influence them with lifestyle changes and medications, carbohydrate awareness, food labels, complications and tests to detect early changes due to diabetes.
All these sessions are held on various weekdays, and morning, afternoon and evening sessions are available. The sessions are all held at one of the Gateway Centres in Salford, Pendleton, Swinton or Walkden. Patients can self-refer or be referred by a health care professional.
The Salford Royal emergency podiatry clinic is held every Thursday from 1.30 pm to 3 pm for patients who have painful foot problems and are unable to wait for a routine appointment.
If you feel you need to attend the emergency clinic please ring 0161 206 1072 before 11 am on the day you wish to attend. This clinic can be busy and you may have to wait. Please report to the ground floor reception on arrival.
The Big Life Group provides support for people to learn more about the condition and share experiences.
Weight Management Service
The Salford Weight Management Service aims to provide a multidisciplinary based service with holistic, evidence-based and customised advice for weight reduction. Our experts aim to provide you with evidence-based advice that is tailored to your conditions and your lifestyle. We encourage gradual and sustainable weight loss which can be maintained for life. We aim to empower you with knowledge and skills to not only lose weight but feel confident to control your weight long term.
We offer a wide range of expertise and advice in weight reduction through the different disciplines of our team members to provide an all-rounded weight management service. Our endocrinologists can provide up to date medical advice on current medications (if weight-related) and recommend more appropriate alternatives. They can advise medical conditions that may affect body weight and recommend appropriate treatments.
Our dietitians can provide evidence-based dietary advice to reduce energy intake, which is realistic and customised to your lifestyle. They can also provide support whilst you look for the weight reduction strategy which is most suitable for you.
Our psychologists can help to explore with you the reasons behind your eating and eating behaviour. They can provide support and appropriate therapy options tailored to your psychological state and needs.
Salford cookery classes are free to attend and you will learn how to make tasty, healthy meals and snacks on a budget. They run courses for people of all ages and everybody's welcome, even complete beginners! You can learn how to cook simple, healthy dishes from around the world including beginners Indian cookery classes.
Physical Activity Groups
Want support on getting a bit fitter? Salford City Council offers a range of physical activity groups including beginners boot camp, outdoor gym sessions, walking groups, new age curling and armchair based exercise.
You can visit the website by clicking here or contact them directly on 0800 952 1000.
- For all of GM then have a look at the Greater Manchester Moving website.
- The NHS Get Fit for Free includes details of local walking groups.
Salford Specialist Stop Smoking Service is part of the council's health improvement service. They've been helping people in Salford to quit or reduce smoking for over 16 years and have a very high success rate with around 50% of people they help achieving their goals.
For further information please phone 0800 952 1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a look at the GM Health Hub website which has lots of great resources to support people across Greater Manchester to stop smoking.
Patient Involvement Groups
You are the expert on your health. That is why Salford CCG is committed to putting the voice of our patients and the public at the heart of what we do. If you want your voice to be heard then please click here to find out more.
Support for Carers
Carers are people who care for a family member, a friend or another person in need of assistance or support with daily living. They include those caring for the frail aged, people living with long-term medical conditions, people with a mental illness, people with a disability and those receiving palliative care.
Health Research Opportunities
Help BEAT Diabetes is part of the Research for the Future family, an NHS campaign encouraging people in Salford and across Greater Manchester to get involved in health research.
Health research has the power to change lives. It is through research that the NHS is able to develop better treatments, as well as improve diagnosis, prevention, care and quality of life. Be part of the change and help develop medicines for the future.
Information and opportunities for volunteering can be found on the Salford volunteer centre website.