Young Rotherham patients showcase ideas
Date: 10/06/2012. Story submitted by: Lynn Hall
© Courtesy of Rotherham HospitalSubmitted by: Lynn Hall
Young people with diabetes in Rotherham have taken part in a Dragon’s Den type event to pitch suggestions on how to make life easier for people with the disease.
Fifteen young people with Type 1 Diabetes and their families from Rotherham and Barnsley, aged between eight and 16, took part in the event.
The group, supported by health professionals from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust , has showcased their ideas to members of the public at a special event held in Boots in Meadowhall shopping centre.
These ideas have helped to develop the proposed service “who’s Diabetes is it?” for young people in Rotherham that will allow them to find diabetes information and contact doctors and nurses through the internet, text messaging and to meet other young people with diabetes.
This project is a result of collaboration between TRFT, diabetes support groups and User-centred Healthcare Design, one of the research teams working in the South Yorkshire wide health project, CLAHRC SY.
Daniel Wolstenholme, Clinical Researcher for User Centred Healthcare Design at CLAHRC SY, said: “The ideas put forward by the young people have been astounding.
“Their work is really helping to highlight the importance of diabetes awareness and to show that while life with diabetes is complicated there are ways to make diabetes fit around young peoples’ lives, rather than their lives having to fit round diabetes. All the partners of this project have worked extremely well together and I am proud that the project has been such a great success so far.”
Address: Moorgate Road Rotherham S60 2UD
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