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Diabetes anniversaries in 2021

This year sees a doulble anniversay, one personal and one global. Read on to find out more.

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Sparky

Candidate interviews

Today we interviewed seven candidates for the vacancy we currently have. Here are all seven on their arrival.

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Coronavirus

Advice from the local authority

The current picture of COVID-19 within Stockton-on-Tees is a serious one. Since May 2020 there have been over 11,000 cases of COVID-19 across the Borough, with 2,000 people admitted to hospital.

Unfortunately, since November 2020 we have seen a significant, sharp increase in the number of deaths from COVID-19, the number of admissions into hospital and the number of patients requiring ventilation while in hospital. The intention of this letter is not to scare you, but to underline how serious our current situation is, and to ask for your help.

Every action businesses and staff can take now to reduce transmission and the number of new cases in Stockton makes a significant difference. The single most important action we can all take at this moment is to follow the national guidance and to stay at home wherever possible.

Please act responsibly and share the following information and messages with your staff.

There are a number of ways in which businesses can contribute. Operating virtually or working from home if possible are key, as well as ensuring covid safe working. Please see here for further information on covid safe working https://www.stockton.gov.uk/our-economy/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-guidance-for-businesses/. Our local covid marshals are available to provide direct support.

Please let us know if you require further information or advise. This could be how to promote covid safe messages, any queries about cases, outbreaks and self-isolation, or financial support. You can find further information on our website https://www.stockton.gov.uk/ or you can contact us via https://digital.stockton.gov.uk/covid19-contactus.

Get tested! Around one in three people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms but can still spread the virus. Stockton has 3 local testing centres for anyone without symptoms who is living or working in Stockton. Tests are free, take only a few minutes and can be taken up to twice weekly. Please book online https://www.stockton.gov.uk/our-people/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-testing/

Anyone with covid symptoms should book a test online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or via 119.

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Diabetes

Diabetes anniversaries in 2021

2021 sees a double anniversary, one personal to me and the other of global significance.

In March I reach the milestone of having lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 50 years. 2021 is also the centenary of the first successful use of insulin to treat diabetes, although this was in dogs, and it was not successfully used with humans until January 1922. In-between these two anniversaries, there is also national Diabetes Awareness Week, which is always in June and this year runs from the 8th to the 15th.

Although I do not claim to be a saint, I have always tried to draw a sensible line in managing my diabetes. As a result, I have avoided the major complications which can result from diabetes and still lead a very full and active life. Sadly, many people do suffer serious complications, despite having it had it for far less time in many cases.

Over the course of this year, I want to document some of my experiences and also some of the experiences of others I have met. My aim is to try and help other people better manage their diabetes, and to help them avoid the complications which can seriously impact on their lives and can become life-threatening.

At the moment, there are more than 4 million people in the UK who have some form of diabetes – so it is highly likely that you know at least one person who has some form of diabetes. Probably about half a million are not yet aware that they have it. Over the past twenty years the number of people with diabetes has increased significantly, mostly in terms of the number of people who have type 2 – obesity is a common cause of type 2. Moreover, the age at which it is being diagnosed is getting ever lower. It is estimated that about 25,000 people die prematurely each year because of diabetes.

Diabetes UK invests around £30 Million each year in research, towards two goals: to reduce the number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and ultimately to find a cure for diabetes. If this sounds a lot, bear in mind that the NHS spends more than this in treating diabetes-related problems every day of the year – each year this amounts to about £14 Billion. On top of this, workdays lost due to diabetes-related problems cost the UK economy a further £15 Billion each year Of the NHS amount, about 60% is spent treating avoidable, type-2-related problems.

Advances made from research will improve the health of people suffering these problems, will reduce the pressure on NHS budgets, and ultimately will reduce the financial burden on every tax-payer in the country. So, if you are able, please consider making a donation to help this cause. You can find out much more by clicking on https://www.diabetes.org.uk/and can also donate via the website.

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Sparky

Candidate interviews

Today was a very busy day with our interviews.  Seven candidates in all - Blossom, Cooper, Daisy, Jasper, Rose, Rustie and Sparky.  We did interviews to assess how each would fit into the team and also gave them programming aptitude tests.  A couple of them admitted afterwards that when they applied they had bitten off more than they could chew.  It was a close-run thing, but we came to a decision - welcome to the team, Sparky!

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