Diabetes amputation numbers are falling

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LATEST figures show diabetes-related amputations in the area are falling, but are still above the national average.

In Fareham and Gosport there were 43 major amputations performed during the years of 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.

As of last month, the annual amputation rate stands at 4.9 per 1,000, compared with 2.6 per 1,000 nationally.

However this is a slight improvement for the area, as in March 2014, the figure stood at 5.1.

In Portsmouth the latest amputation rate is 4.2 – a slight drop compared with last year of 4.1.

And in south eastern Hampshire, which covers the Havant area, the rate has stayed the same at 4.1.

Charity Diabetes UK, which released the figures, said more work needs to be done to address how people should look after their feet.