Updated guidance now available for those with diabetes waiting for surgical treatment

Individuals with diabetes who are awaiting surgery can now access a digital brochure to best prepare themselves before undergoing a clinical procedure.

The virtual brochure contains specialist advice on how to keep your glucose levels stabilised before surgery and signposts individuals to trustworthy websites that help people participate in regular physical activities, look after their feet and reduce their feelings of stress.

The guidance has been produced by a team of clinicians, including doctors, anaesthetists and a psychologist, to support people with diabetes before surgical operations.

Consultant Diabetologist Professor Gerry Rayman is the joint clinical lead for diabetes for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme and has been heavily involved with the creation of this new leaflet.

Additionally, Professor Rayman chairs the programme’s IP3D project supporting the improvements of perioperative pathways for those with diabetes.

Typically, more than 300,000 people with diabetes undergo surgery every year but recently waiting times have extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic bringing all elective operations to a halt.

With waiting lists at an all-time high, the digital guide will be given to most people with diabetes who are awaiting surgery by either primary or secondary care teams.

To access the online brochure, click here.

Photo by Piron Guillaume on Unsplash

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