Managing diabetes

We recognise the additional challenges that are currently faced by people living with diabetes and have adapted our care pathways and services to best meet local need making sure that people who need care can get it, in the right place at the right time. All of our services continue to provide care and support through telephone virtual and online clinics, with face-to-face care available where appropriate, such as foot care clinics.

While we are here to support you when you need us, it is vital that you take care of yourself and manage your diabetes effectively during the pandemic and beyond. This includes being aware of your emotions and asking for mental health support if you need it; making sure you take your medication and have what you need available; eating the right foods and keeping physically healthy with plenty of exercise; and being aware of the complications and how to manage these to reduce any risk to your health.

Additionally, it is vital that you are aware of the signs and symptoms you experience when you are not feeling well and make sure you get the medical advice and care you need before you deteriorate. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Sick day rules

It is important to continue to manage your condition even if you contract coronavirus. To assist with this the NHS have developed sick day rules for Type 1, Type 2 and people on multiple daily injections. Please make sure you are aware of and understand this guidance.  If you have any questions or concerns speak to a healthcare professional.

Information regarding diabetes and sick day rules are now available at the link below in Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, simplified Chinese, Somali, Tamil, traditional Chinese, Turkish and Urdu.  The PDFs are available for download on the Diabetes UK website at 

There are also useful resources in British Sign Language for people who are deaf or hard of hearing –

Useful resources


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Diabetes and your body

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Community support services during the pandemic

Help is on hand if you need it:

UPDATED: 28/02/2021