COVID-19 and Diabetes – Help Maintain our Diabetes Helpline, Online Information Platforms, Care Centre Services and Support our Community
This year continues to be tough for all of us. The impact of coronavirus has meant that all our face to face education services and events cannot take place for the foreseeable future. However, we are continuously evolving so we can deliver our education and support services to the diabetes community.
Our diabetes helpline, online and social media channels remain open with direct telephone access to our diabetes healthcare professionals for all those who personally contact us for up to date government information on COVID 19 and practical diabetes management information in the absence of public service diabetes services. Access to our online services via our website and social media platforms is increasing daily with over 30,000 visitors accessing our Covid & Diabetes Management Section.
Our Care Centre services in Dublin and Cork are now fully restored providing podiatry services (click here to make an appointment) and access to Diabetic RetinaScreen services each day. Our Counselling services are also available via one to one virtual appointments (click here for more information).
A new development has been the introduction of education webinars all of which have been extremely well attended with very positive feedback from attendees and a request for more. The aim of the webinars is to provide people with practical information around the challenges of living with diabetes at this time. We are delighted to announce that we plan to provide further webinars on a regular basis going forward.
For people with Type 2 diabetes who may wish to take part in a peer to peer programme facilitated by a Dietitian/Diabetes Nurse Specialist, Diabetes Ireland has developed its CODE Type 2 diabetes structured education programme to be delivered in an online format. The programme which provides information on all aspects of living with Type 2 diabetes consists of 3 x 2-hour sessions delivered over 3 consecutive weeks and a final 2-hour session after 6 months and is available free of charge from Diabetes Ireland. Click here to register.
For people with Type 2 diabetes who may not have the time to take part in a CODE programme, we have an online diabetes education programme called “Diabetes Smart”, which is designed to help people manage their condition in daily life. The programme is a 55-minute online series of videos, quizzes and visual tools that people can watch and participate in, from the comfort of their own homes.
With schools reopened, we also continue to educate and support teachers and Special Needs Assistants in the management of school going children with Type 1 diabetes via online virtual platforms.
To help ensure we keep our services open for whatever length of time it takes to beat COVID-19, make a donation today.