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Medical exemption certificates petition launched

A petition has been launched for all people with Type 1 diabetes to be issued with certificates providing them with free access to diabetes medication for life.

Gavin Griffiths, a 23-year-old athlete with Type 1 diabetes who raises money for diabetes charities through a range of fitness challenges, launched the petition through his website diathlete.org.

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Diabetes care boosted at Exeter hospital

The number of people with diabetes seen by specialists at an Exeter hospital has more than doubled thanks to a pioneering assessment and referral system.

The initiative at the MacLeod Diabetes & Endocrine Centre at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust allows ward nurses to complete three referrals in three ‘clicks’ to three specialists. To read more, click here.

Diabetes UK in hunt for ‘Clinical Champions’

Diabetes UK is looking for 16 enthusiastic clinicians who want to be local ‘Clinical Champions’ and deliver the leadership to improve services for people with diabetes.

The roles are open to any healthcare professional experienced in treating the complex needs of people with diabetes and with the potential to lead real change, including consultants, GPs, nurses and senior pharmacists. To read more, click here.

New thresholds for diagnosis of diabetes in pregnancy

The thresholds GPs use for diagnosing pregnant women with gestational diabetes should be lowered, according to updated NICE guidelines.

It is being advised that if a pregnant woman has a fasting plasma glucose level of 5.6 mmol/litre or above, or a 2-hour plasma glucose level of 7.8 mmol/litre or above they should be diagnosed. To read more, click here.