Fight to bring down high amputee rates heads to Warwick

Janet Turner and Sandra Cooke from the South Warwickshire Diabetes Group

Janet Turner and Sandra Cooke from the South Warwickshire Diabetes Group

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Diabetes UK brought its shoe display to the people of Warwick as part of a campaign for major health change.

The charity is calling on health bosses to tackle the high number of diabetes-related amputations in South Warwickshire which are well above the national average with 118 diabetes-related amputations in the past three years.

Peter Shorrick, regional manager for Diabetes UK

Peter Shorrick, regional manager for Diabetes UK

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK regional manager, said: “We are saying today that enough is enough. The people of South Warwickshire deserve much better diabetes foot care than they are currently receiving.

“We have witnessed unacceptable numbers of people with diabetes in this area facing an amputation that could potentially have been avoided.

Every amputation is a tragedy, it is extremely traumatic and has a devastating impact on quality of life.

“People are losing toes, feet and limbs when better healthcare, such as annual foot checks and access to specialist foot care teams, could have prevented this from happening.

“It is also extremely costly for the NHS at a time when money is incredibly tight.”

Visit www.diabetes.org.uk to get involved in the campaign.