Manage your diabetes online

By visiting the NHS Lothian diabetes site, patients are able to access information on managing their condition, clinics and emergency contact numbers.

Information on diet and exercise, the types of treatment available and advice for patients and carers are also provided online.

Visitors can also link from the local NHS Lothian website into the new interactive ‘My Diabetes My Way’ Scottish website, which offers support to patients and carers through games, educational tools, videos and online leaflets.

It encourages patients to find out more about diabetes and how it can affect their own body and lifestyle.

A further link to the Diabetes Information Plus website features real patient stories, and information on social care and support.

Dr John McKnight, Lead clinician for diabetes, NHS Lothian, said:

“Education and information for patients with diabetes and their carers is important to enable patients to look after their diabetes and remain healthy.
 
“This website, developed locally, provides another opportunity for people to find useful and up-to-date information about diabetes at a time that suits them.”
 
Patients can also access information on the Diabetes Retinopathy Screening programme which is available for patients over the age of 12 with diabetes.
 
Self-referral forms for podiatry services can be downloaded online as patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing foot ulcers.
 
Patients can also read up on research projects on diabetes which are being carried out in Lothian.
 
As well as containing patient information, there is a section with information for healthcare professionals.
 
Visitors to the site can also find out more about the Diabetes Buddy Service, where patients are paired up with a trained volunteer who they can share experiences with.
 
Each buddy either has diabetes, or is caring for a partner, parent or child with diabetes. Their role is to share the problems or concerns of other patients who are living with diabetes.
 
To view the website go to www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/diabetes  

17/02/2009