Events to help Waltham Forest residents manage diabetes or their respiratory condition

Do you have diabetes or a respiratory condition like asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Patients and carers in Waltham Forest are invited to two events taking place at The Score Centre on 2 and 9 December. Local expert patients and clinical specialists will give advice on how to prevent and manage these two conditions. 

Respiratory self-care event for patients and carers

Wednesday 2 December, 10:30 – 1pm,
The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, London E10 5JY

Diabetes self-care event for patients and carers

Wednesday 9 December, 10:30 – 1pm
The Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, London E10 5JY 

To register for the above event/s, or for more information, please contact:marc.krishek@nellpc.org.uk 

The events are organised by Waltham Forest Community Education Provider Network (CEPN), a group that includes NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Waltham Forest Council, NELFT NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust and higher education institutions. The CEPN brings together leading professionals who are committed to healthcare training and education for everyone in the borough. 

Dr Anwar Khan, GP and Chair of Waltham Forest CCG, said:  

“Diabetes and respiratory conditions can both cause very serious health problems: diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease, and respiratory conditions are the third main cause of death in Waltham Forest. However, people can take steps to reduce risks to their health by understanding how to prevent an illness and manage their condition if it gets worse. These events will give people the knowledge they need to keep as healthy as possible”. 

The events will also give Waltham Forest residents an opportunity to understand the concerns of the local health and wellbeing community. Increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with long-term conditions such as asthma and diabetes. 

Cllr Ahsan Khan, Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:  

“In Waltham Forest we’re working in partnership with other organisations to take concerted, co-ordinated action to improve the health and wellbeing of residents across the borough. 

“By working together on initiatives like these self-care events, we’re offering local people more opportunities to speak to health professionals and seek support – whether it’s understanding how to prevent existing conditions from worsening, or learning about ways to avoid developing health problems in the first place.”

Diabetes 

  • Diabetes is one of the most prevalent long-term conditions in Waltham Forest and is expected to rise. There are an estimated 6,550 adults with undiagnosed diabetes.
  • People of South Asian origin are at the highest risk of developing diabetes, with Afro-Caribbean groups also at high risk.
  • Diabetes can lead to a number of other serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease.
  • Simple lifestyle measures have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

 Respiratory conditions 

  • Respiratory conditions are the third main cause of death in Waltham Forest and contribute to significant health inequality.
  • Asthma can be a difficult condition to manage, but with the right help it is manageable.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is another condition that can be well managed when there is adequate patient knowledge and support.
  • With the right support you can avoid, improve and manage your lung health.