Hospital gives diabetes help

Christine Cerullo and diabetes team
Christine Cerullo and diabetes team
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A ST Helens Hospital patient has told how she has been given a new lease of life thanks to the treatment she has received from doctors.

Christine Cerullo’s diabetes was out of control for a decade before she became a patient at the St Helens Diabetes Centre 12 months ago.

Now, following a course of training in the use of insulin, she is able to balance her blood sugar levels and manage her condition.

Christine, of Haydock, said: “I found it extremely difficult to manage my blood sugar levels properly and would frequently wake up in the middle of the night not being able to see. I was worried that my diabetes would lead to complications in the future, such as going blind.

“But learning from the experts in the diabetes team, together with meeting with other diabetics to share experiences and knowledge, has really helped me. I now have the ability to control my blood sugar levels much better, I don’t live in fear for the future.”

She added: “The staff at the Diabetes Centre are wonderful and really go above and beyond the call of duty. They say it is me who deserves the credit for controlling my diabetes, but I could not have done it without them. They are an outstanding team and they have totally changed my life.” Professor Kevin Hardy, the local NHS Trust’s consultant diabetologist and director of clinical strategy, said: “We are delighted with how Christine has turned her diabetes around. This is our aim for all our patients and we believe that diabetes education is key to self-managing the condition.

“At the Diabetes Centre, we provide a range of education programmes designed to meet the varied needs of people with diabetes. We aim to empower people by giving them the skills and confidence to manage their diabetes.”

To find out more about St Helens Hospital’s Diabetes call 01744 646266 or go online at www.sthk.nhs.uk