Living Well with Diabetes

Diabetes and You Information Pack

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for some time, having the right information about your condition will help you to best control diabetes. To help with this, NEL CCG has developed an information pack called Diabetes and You with the support of patients and clinicians.

What’s in the guide?

The guide provides lots of information about diabetes, how it can affect your health and most importantly what actions you can take to care for your diabetes well. It includes advice on managing your weight, what to do when you are ill as well as driving and going on holiday. There’s also a pack for you to share with family and friends to help them be aware of diabetes. The guide is slit into 5 packs:

A quick guide

A more detailed guide

Driving and diabetes

What am I going to do now (this includes where to find help and advice)

Friends and family guide

How do I access a copy of the guide?

If you would like a paper copy of the pack you can obtain this through your GP practice. If you prefer to access this electronically, you can download these using the links above.

DESMOND educational training course

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the condition for a while now you can take advantage of a DESMOND educational course to learn more about your diabetes and how to manage the condition and live well. 

DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed and is a group of education programmes for people with diabetes. You can learn more about Type 2 diabetes and gain help managing diabetes-related health changes and meet and share life experiences with others.

In the short film below, Diabetes Nurse Specialist Kerrie Pasquill-Johnson talks about the benefits of attending a DESMOND course and explains that it's not like going back to a traditional classroom. If you're interested in attending and want to find out more, drop Kerrie an email or you can ring the office on 01472 256780.


Hear about how the DESMOND course has changed the life of a local Grimsby man. David Gunn was diagnosed a couple of years ago and he attended a course at Weelsby View Medical Centre that helped him change his life for the better. Read David's story - Learning how to live with diabetes 

If you need some help and support in dealing with the health issues surrounding diabetes then ask your GP about booking you a place on the 2 day course that is provided at primary care centres. 

DESMOND courses work because they are designed to support the person with diabetes, making them the expert by increasing the knowledge and understanding of what having diabetes means, and empowering you to make your own decisions. 

Diabetes Support Group

A local Diabetes Support Group has been set up offering a chance for people to share their experience, learn more about what they can do to control their diabetes as well as have some fun and a cup of tea. The group meet every 3rd Monday of the month at Open Door, Albion Street, Grimsby from 1pm to 3pm.

The group offers a warm welcome to everyone with diabetes as well to family and friends. If you’d like to learn more about the programme of events offered by the group contact Vincent Kelly, (Chair) or Hazel Abey (Secretary)