If you live in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Ealing, Hounslow, Brent, Hillingdon or Harrow and have diabetes or you are at risk of type 2 register your interest in the Know Diabetes service today.
We’re here to help.
- To avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- Boost your health and wellbeing: weight loss; better sleep; coming off medication; mental wellbeing
- Managing your diabetes: Type 1; Type 2
- Sick day rules
- Coronavirus and pregnancy
- Coronavirus and children living with type 1 diabetes
- Practical advice to help you right now
- Latest Government guidance: Omicron variant, book a vaccination appointment, vulnerable groups; restrictions; social bubbles; travel
- Vaccination programme in North West London
- NHS Advice Helpline & FAQs
- Advice for Healthcare professionals
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently – wash for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser alcohol-based gels if soap and water is not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands
- Maintain social distancing according to government guidelines on what you can and can’t do
- cover face- wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
2. Boost your health and wellbeing
If you have type 2 diabetes or if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes (sometimes called pre-diabetes and also known as non-diabetic hyperglycaemia); then there are actions you can take right now to start reducing your risk.
- Weight loss – Read more about a healthy approach to weight loss including low carbohydrate meals.
- Weight Loss Programmes – There are a number of programmes available in North West London to support to lose weight if you are looking to get healthier and improve your blood readings.
- Remission of type 2 diabetes - Read more about how you can put your type 2 diabetes into remission. For some inspiration have a look at some of our remission videos below:
- REWIND Programme – To optimize your diabetes control please read about our REWIND programme offered to people living in North West London.
- Healthy Eating during COVID-19 – Have a look at our page to get some useful tips for healthy eating.
- Sleep better – Read about how to get a good night’s sleep.
- Move More – Millions are working out from home or using active transport to get around. Visit our moving more pages to get inspired and boost your immune system.
- Stop Smoking - If you haven't stopped smoking, now is a good time to do it. Most stop smoking support teams are still providing a remote service.
It is natural to feel anxious during these times. Everyone gets anxious at times, but managing diabetes may increase anxiety. Find out about the ways to deal with anxiety that work, and often quickly.
Videos to help you - Diabetes 10 Point Training
The information in the videos below was created by our Partners in Diabetes (people living with diabetes), bringing their lived experience of what matters to you.
Remember you are not alone and there’s so much we can do to make things easier.
Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus outbreak
Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse. Call Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. Visit the helpline website to access further information, a contact form and the live chat service. If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. The UK Government also has some information on how to get help if you are experiencing domestic abuse through the current COVID crisis.
If English is not your first language you may find our translated guidance on how to get help useful. Women’s Aid also have guidance documents on domestic abuse and coronavirus available in a number of languages for victims, family and friends, and community members of those affected.
3. Managing your diabetes
- Ensure you have enough glucose and ketone testing equipment.
- Be aware of your sick day rules provided by your diabetes educator team.
- Make sure you have a good stock of insulin pens, needles and any other medications you are prescribed.
- Stay hydrated – have plenty of unsweetened drinks and eat little and often.
- If you are an insulin pump user you should have insulin pens and pen needles as a backup and a good supply of insulin pump consumables.
- Make sure your diabetes technical device (insulin pump /continuous glucose monitor/Freestyle Libre device is in good working order and if you have any concerns phone the company who supplies your device directly to troubleshoot and arrange a replacement if necessary.
- Ensure you have enough glucose testing equipment and ketone testing strips if appropriate (if you have had diabetes for a long time, or have had ketones in the past).
- Ketones are uncommon in type 2 but remain a risk if glucose is high for a significant time &/or during illness. If you take a tablet called SGLT2 and you become unwell you may need to check your glucose and ketones (canagliflozin, dapagliflozin or any tablet ending with “gliflozin”)
- Make sure you have a good stock of your medications, orals tablets &/or injectable therapies:
- Stay hydrated – have plenty of unsweetened drinks and eat little and often
4. Sick day rules
- Being pregnant and having diabetes does not mean you are at greater risk of getting the virus.
- However, if you do get the virus, you could be at greater risk of developing complications so it's important you stay at home as much as possible.
- Research has shown the importance of social distancing from 28 weeks of pregnancy.
- The RCOG has more information about pregnancy and coronavirus.
6. Coronavirus and children living with type 1 diabetes
If you have a child with type 1 diabetes, please see the guidelines for children living with type 1 diabetes which can be found on the JDRFUK website.
7. Practical advice to help you right now
- If you are feeling anxious or experiencing diabetes distress please visit our mental health hub pages. We also like this article on how to protect your mental health by the BBC.
- BBC good food has 59 recipes on eating well on a budget. Olio app is an award-winning app their moto is share more, waste less.
- The Hypo Program will help show you how to reduce your hypo risk, track your hypos, and better understand the causes of hypos, you can find more information here.
- If you or someone you know has diabetes and has to go to a hospital, take our Diabetes 10 point training for people with diabetes in hospital leaflet with you, you can download it here.
- Staying well and active is good for our immune system. If you are in isolation or can't attend your regular planned activity classes, we have a page with some tips on staying active at home.
- Worried about money? The Money Saving Expert website has some sound advice and a regular update page from mortgage breaks and business advice to benefit rights.
- Getting some sleep can also be beneficial to the immune system, this practical sleep guide might be of help. We also have our sleep better hub pages here.
8. Latest Government guidance
What has changed?
The government has removed the remaining domestic restrictions in England.
There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:
- Get vaccinated
- Let fresh air in if meeting indoors or meet outside
- Consider wearing a face-covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
- Practise good hygiene:
- wash your hands
- cover your coughs and sneezes
- clean your surroundings frequently
For more details:
For more information about living safely with respiratory infections including COVID-19:
Specific guidance for those who are vulnerable:
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself, such as limiting close contacts, shopping or travelling at quieter times of the day, keeping rooms ventilated and washing your hands regularly.
Although the advice to shield has ended, clinically extremely vulnerable people must continue to follow the rules that are in place for everyone.
Travelling within England
There are no restrictions on travel within England.
If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19 even if you do not have any symptoms. You can pass on the infection to others, even if you have no symptoms.
Many people with COVID-19 will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days. If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test. There is different advice for children and young people aged 18 and under.
There is additional guidance on safer travel, including on the safe use of public transport.
For further information regarding travelling please see the UK Government website.
If you're recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. Get tips for improving your wellbeing to support your recovery. A dedicated website has been created to help people recovery from Covid19, you can access this website here.
Covid19 Vaccination Programme in North West London
COVID-19 vaccination guidance from local GPs, including messages in English, Gujarati, Arabic, Farsi, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Bengali, Polish, Slokav, Urdu and Pashto, as well as in British Sign Language (BSL) The NHS will get in touch when it's your turn to be vaccinated.
NHS Diabetes Advice is provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement in response to disruption to normal services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.
The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate advice from a team of clinical advisors.
Advice for Healthcare Professionals
Guidance for Health professionals – Clinical guide for the management of people with diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic
Guidance for Primary Care, Secondary Care, Community Health, Social Care and Ambulance services
People with diabetes are at elevated risk of acquiring the more severe disease
Keep up to date with advice from Diabetes UK which you can find here.
All diabetes consultations to be done virtually by HCPs to minimise the risk of exposure unless otherwise indicated
If people haven't stopped smoking, advise that now is a good time to do so
Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG.
For further Healthcare Professional COVID-19 guidance, please visit our Healthcare Professionals section here.