17,500 visit Welsh pharmacies for Type 2 diabetes assessments

Diabetes UK Cymru
September 2011
More than 17,500 people in Wales visited their local pharmacy in June to discover if they were at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
For a fortnight from Monday 13 June, every Welsh pharmacy offered free risk assessments to identify people at risk of developing the condition in the next 10 years.
Of those assessed, 1,478 people – 8.4 per cent - were identified as high risk and referred to their GP for a diabetes test.
Pharmacists also advised participants about how they could reduce their risk by eating a healthy, balanced diet and leading an active lifestyle.
The campaign was organised by Diabetes UK Cymru and Community Pharmacy Wales and was launched by Health Minister Lesley Griffiths, who had a risk assessment herself.
It was one of up to six public health campaigns required of community pharmacists by the seven Health Boards as part of their contract and was also supported by BMA Cymru, Public Health Wales, and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Dai Williams, National Director of Diabetes UK Cymru, said: “We would like to thank Community Pharmacy Wales, the Health Boards, pharmacists and pharmacy staff, and everyone else involved in organising and delivering this campaign for their hard work.
“The campaign identified people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and, crucially, also informed people about how they can reduce their risk by eating a healthy, balanced diet and leading an active lifestyle.”
Russell Goodway, Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Wales, said: “This joint campaign was a classic illustration of the key role that the 708 high street pharmacies in Wales can play in public health.”

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