Diabetes Week

15 Jun Archive Pile of diabetes books

Previously the Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity, we re-launched as The Children’s Surgery Foundation in 2019 to reflect the national scope of our work today. The story below is from our days as the Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity.

It's Diabetes Awareness Week. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of children with diabetes and runs a weekly diabetes clinic and 24-hour diabetes helpline.

To help families, our charity has funded books for children newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Each family now receives their own book at the time of diagnosis to help them cope with, and understand, the disease.

"A new diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes is a challenging time for the child, their parents and the wider family. It can be daunting to find out about the implications of a chronic medical problem and about diabetes itself. This book is a very useful educational resource for parents and older children," says Dr Saji Alexander, Consultant Paediatrician.

We hope to fund medical equipment in the near future, to support the diabetes team further.

The theme of Diabetes Week 2017 is Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes. Find out more here.