Diabetes patients honoured at WSH
Photo/ interview opportunity: Wednesday 29 February at 9.45am at the Diabetes Centre at West Suffolk Hospital. Diabetes consultant Dr John Clark presents three patients with medals for managing their diabetes for 50 years.
Three West Suffolk Hospital patients who have successfully managed their type 1 diabetes for a combined total of 150 years are to receive a medal in recognition of their achievement.
Elizabeth Jackson, from Bury St Edmunds, Gwendoline Stephenson, from Sudbury and Linda Attwood, from Stowmarket, will be presented with the Alan Nabarro medal by consultant Dr John Clark during a diabetes clinic on Wednesday.
The medal, issued by Diabetes UK, is given to people who have lived successfully with type 1 diabetes, which sees the patient inject themselves with insulin several times each day.
Mandy Hunt, diabetes specialist nurse at the hospital, said: “Although type 1 diabetes can be very serious, it can also be successfully managed, in turn allowing the person with the condition to continue their normal day-to-day life.
“Elizabeth, Gwendoline and Linda are a testament to this. We are delighted to be able to present them with these medals as living with type 1 diabetes for such a long time is a real achievement.
“Being able to give them this recognition also sets a great example to our other patients by showing them that if they work at it, then can successfully manage their condition and stay well for many years to come.