At the Club’s recent Charter Lunch, attended by District Governor Lion Ron Cross and Lion Linda Cross, the club donated a cheque for £5,001 to the Department of Diabetes at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
Dr Gholap from the Department of Diabetics said, “Diabetes is growing at an alarming rate and is associated with significantly increased risk of morbidity and mortality. People from certain groups such as those form ethnic minority population or low socio-economic group are particularly at a risk of developing diabetes and associated complications. There is a national drive to improve care and management of people with diabetes to reduce the risk of related complications including premature deaths”.
“The Portable Point-Of-Care HbA1c test machines enables testing HbA1c levels using a finger-prick blood sample with the results available within ten minutes. Availability of such a machine in the community diabetes clinics can help doctors and nurses to conduct the HbA1c test in clinic on arrival using finger-prick blood sample in such groups of people if they haven’t had the test done prior to the clinic visit. The immediate availability of the test results will then facilitate doctors and nurses to adjust their medications and provide advice on optimising diet and lifestyle factors impacting their diabetes control, thereby fulfilling the purpose of their clinic visit”.
“The Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test forms the cornerstone of diabetes management. Raised HbA1c levels reflect the degree of raised blood sugar levels. Studies show that optimising raised HbA1c levels is associated with reduction in the risk of diabetes-related long-term complications. Therefore, healthcare professionals treating people with diabetes measure the HbA1c levels on average 4 to 6 monthly before the clinic visits and diabetes medications are adjusted and advice on diet and lifestyle changes offered accordingly to improve the levels. However, many patients from certain groups, due to their unique circumstances (e.g. mental health disorders, learning disability, ethnic minority population with difficulties in accessing care, young adults with diabetes) may fail to undergo the test prior to clinic visit, posing challenges to the healthcare professional in optimising their medications during the clinic visit. The issue is of great relevance in the community diabetes clinic run by the UHCW diabetes specialty team as the facility of on–site blood test is not available at these venues – The Newfield House, City of Coventry Health Centre. Although one could arrange the tests after the clinic visit, the uptake of such arrangement can be poor. Suboptimum level of HbA1c resulting partly from any delay in intensifying their glucose lowering therapies increases their risk of developing diabetes complications.”
“We are very grateful for this donation from Godiva Lions to the Department of Diabetes at the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire towards purchase of such Point-Of-Care HbA1c machine for its use in the community diabetes clinics. Myself and Dr O’Hare, the diabetes consultants conducting these community clinics strongly believe that this HbA1c test machine will be vital to providing high-quality, innovative patient care especially to the hard-to-reach and disadvantaged groups who often suffer from poor diabetes control and higher rates of diabetes complications. The use of such HbA1c testing machine in the diabetes clinics will be the first-of-its kind at the UHCW adult diabetes department”.