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DIABETIC patients in Hampshire are being urged to refer to a 15-point checking system that is celebrating its first anniversary.

Charity Diabetes UK launched its 15 Healthcare Essentials campaign a year ago today.

It gives people who have been diagnosed with diabetes a guide to what checks and services they should expect to get each year to help them avoid serious complications or premature death.

These checks include getting feet inspected and eye tests, as well as having weight monitored and blood pressure taken.

Jill Steaton, south east regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: ‘We urge anyone with diabetes – or friends and family of anyone with diabetes – to refer to Diabetes UK’s 15 Healthcare Essentials to ensure they or their loved ones are getting the necessary checks and services to keep healthy for many years to come.

‘It is only if people with the condition start to get the healthcare they need that we can bring an end to the scandal of preventable complications and early death.’

For more information, or to fill in a feedback questionnaire, go to diabetes.org.uk/15-essentials