The Diabetes Team provides specialist diabetes care throughout the District to both inpatients and outpatients. Consultant clinics are held weekly at The Diabetes Centre located on the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary site, at Leigh Infirmary and also the Thomas Linacre Centre.
The team works closely with other specialist services involved in diabetes care, newly diagnosed being referred directly to Dietetics, Podiatry and Retinopathy (eye) screening to provide an efficient and effective integrated service.
Diabetes Specialist Nurses
The Diabetes Specialist Nurses based across two sites hold nurse run clinics daily at the Diabetes Centre and from the Diabetes Office based at Leigh Infirmary they also provide specialist care with paediatrics and pregnancy. The Intermediate Care Specialist Nurses hold clinics at various locations within the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group.
Nutrition and Dietetic Service
Wigan Council provide a weight management, physical activity and nutrition services for over 18's and families in the Wigan borough. Components within this service are delivered by Wigan Council and Liverpool Foundation NHS Trust and include:
- Be Well weight management & physical activity services
- Healthy Routes health improvement service
- Specialist weight management service
- A healthy lifestyle during pregnancy
You can contact the team directly by phoning 01942 496 496 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Podiatrists are healthcare professionals who have been trained to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs. They also prevent and correct deformity, keep people mobile and active, relieve pain and treat infections. They can give you and your family advice on how to look after your feet and what type of shoes to wear.
You can complete the online application form to access this service.
Diabetes Community Service
Diabetes Community Services provides a nurse-led service for patients with type 2 diabetes supporting patients to achieve glycaemic control. This includes giving high-quality information and advice for newly diagnosed patients including a referral to DESMOND programme, support with insulin initiation, and titration and ongoing review.
If you live in Wigan or the surrounding area and would like to meet people with the same condition, swap information and advice and make friends there is a group which meets every first Monday of the month except bank holidays.
Meetings are held at St. Anne’s Parish Centre, on Church Lane, Shevington, at 7.30 p.m. For further details email email@example.com.
Diabetes UK in the North of England
Diabetes UK have a dedicated webpage for activity across North of England including information on the diabetes support groups in your area.
Join their peer support group on Facebook Diabetes UK chat: Your friends in the North.
Physical Activity Groups
- Gain help and support in becoming more physically active with Be Well Wigan.
- If you want to increase your physical activity, HealthyRoutes can support you
- Greater Manchester Moving website allows you to search for what activities are going on in your local area.
- The NHS Get Fit for Free includes details of local walking groups.
Wigan council has a range of services to help you stop smoking, including face to face meetings and digital support. Have a look at their website to see what's available to help you quit for good.
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
Get your voice heard and join a patient participation group, click here for further information.
Support for Carers
We recognise that carers play a vital role in our community, and we will help you to continue caring for as long as you feel able to do so. Visit the Wigan council website to find out what support is available.
Health Research Opportunities
Help BEAT Diabetes is part of the Research for the Future family, an NHS campaign encouraging people in Wrightington, Wigan, Leigh 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 Diabetes UK website.