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New home for diabetes group

Washington Diabetes UK Group chairman George McLaughlin, Nigel Frew, Loraine Plowman and David Watson outside their new meeting place, Washington Leisure Centre
Washington Diabetes UK Group chairman George McLaughlin, Nigel Frew, Loraine Plowman and David Watson outside their new meeting place, Washington Leisure Centre
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Come and join us – that was the message today from a diabetes group which has moved into a new home.

The Washington Diabetes UK Group will meet for the first time tomorrow, from 6.30pm. Its base is within Washington’s new leisure centre.

We have got it for the next three meetings and if all goes well, it could be permanent. If we can get a few more members in that would be great

George McLaughlin, chairman of the Washington Diabetes UK Group

Group chairman George McLaughlin said the group’s home was “a lovely air-conditioned room.”

He added: “We have got it for the next three meetings and if all goes well, it could be permanent.

“If we can get a few more members in, that would be great.”

The group is off to a great start in its leisure centre home. Dr Rahul Nayar, consultant and clinical lead for diabetes and endocrinology at City Hospitals Sunderland, has agreed to become the honorary president.

Jo West, who works for Encompass Healthcare in The Galleries, Washington, will be the guest speaker at tomorrow’s meeting.

Her talk will be all about new diabetes medicines.

Mr McLaughlin urged people to “just turn up” for tomorrow’s meeting which is expected to last until 8pm.

Diabetes can affect many major organs, including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys.

Experts believe thousands of people across the country may have the condition and may not realise it.

Being diagnosed early and controlling the blood glucose levels can help prevent complications, say the experts. Latest statistics show 3.2m UK people have diabetes, but 630,000 people are thought to have it but don’t know it.

Anyone wanting more details on the Washington group should contact Mr McLaughlin on (0191) 4166202 or 07964 075776.