NHS England has revealed new tools to help diabetics manage their condition effectively without normal levels of face-to-face support during COVID-19.
Three tools have been launched: Digibete, MyType1Diabetes, and Healthy Living for people with Type 2 diabetes. Digibete is available from 9th June 2020, and provides awareness, education, training and support resources for children with Type 1 diabetes. MyType1Diabetes is also available from 9th June, giving similar support to adults.
Healthy Living for people with Type 2 diabetes will be available later in the year, offering a skills and knowledge base for optimal management of the condition.
These services are complemented by online support and appointments with GPs. A diabetes helpline will also open later in 2020.
NHS England and Improvement diabetes advisor Professor Partha Kar said:
“Living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes is a daily challenge for millions of people and knowing they are more at risk if they are infected with coronavirus will be worrying, but the NHS has taken action to help people and keep them safe, including the roll out of these helpful apps.
“Access to trusted information and support is key to helping people manage their diabetes and we are delighted to support these tools which will hopefully empower people to look after their own condition and reduce their risk.”
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