Diabetes Education Kent and Medway

Type 2 Diabetes

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diabetes education

Type 2 diabetes appears later in life and is often associated with lifestyle choices. 

The Spirit Hub provides a great place to begin learning about diabetes and how the body can be affected by diabetes.

Watch Adele's story

Adele of Dudley, attended an X-PERT course after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Initially fearful and worried she really embraced the course and hasn’t felt this good for 20 years.  She has lost 20 kilo’s, halved her medication and is well on her way to remission.    

Source: Spirit clinical services

Diabetes symptoms

There are four distinct symptoms to look out for which could indicate diabetes. These are referred to as the four Ts.

  • Toilet – going to the toilet a lot
  • Thirsty – unable to quench your thirst
  • Tired – feeling more tired than usual
  • Thinner – losing weight

Source: Diabetes UK

Living with diabetes

The good news is that diabetes can be managed easily by making simples changes to healthy eating and lifestyle. Diabetes can be managed effectively and many people with diabetes lead healthy and active lives.

Local Diabetes Support

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Frequently Asked Questions

Patients can easily self-refer by visiting www.spirit-hub.org. or by speaking to the call centre team on 01233 228749. 

Dont worry If you don’t have your medical details just contact the call centre. they will contact the GP practice to obtain the details. 

Initially Type 1 self-referral will be excluded as there are complexities in the pathway that need to be resolved.  We envisage that Type 1 referrals will be included after approximately the first six months of the operation of the Hub. 

Anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and registered with a GP practice within the Kent and Medway CCG area, including those of no fixed abode.  Patients being referred to the service should be over the age of 18.

The Hub is for people who have received a diabetes diagnosis (Type 1 or Type 2) and would benefit from structured education and those with Non-Diabetic Hyperglycaemia eligible for the National Diabetes Prevention Programme. All people with diabetes must be registered with GPs in one of the listed Kent and Medway CCGs.

The Hub is not just for people that are newly diagnosed, anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes would be able to use the Hub to get access to Structured Education. We know that many people have had diabetes for many years and have never attended a course, we are keen that they are encouraged to attend, and HCPs will be encouraged to also refer these people.

The call centre staff can be contacted by telephone from 08.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturday.

Multi language support is available.

Our web site is available 24/7 and has a wealth of information about diabetes and patients can book a course directly.

Education programmes will be run by the same providers that are currently contracted, by the CCG, to offer their courses.