Diabetics failing to go to annual check-ups

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FEWER than half of diabetic people in Portsmouth attend essential annual check-ups, figures reveal.

Latest statistics from the NHS Information Centre show between April 2010 and March 2011, only 46.8 per cent of diabetics that come under the care of NHS Portsmouth, had an annual check-up with their GP.

It is offered to patients suffering from both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and tests for nine points, which includes blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

NHS Hampshire saw 53.5 per cent of people getting checked, while NHS Southampton stands at 41.9 per cent.

The three trusts fall under NHS South of England, which said it has now commissioned the Community Diabetes Service to improve the performance of diabetes care.

Liz Redfern, director of patient care and nursing at NHS South of England, said: ‘It’s important everyone has access to the same high quality care wherever they live, they attend check-ups and follow advice to ensure their diabetes is kept in check.’