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MP Keith Vaz opens new Diabetes Outpatients Centre Ward 4, Leicester General Hospital

(18th November 2014)

Marking World Diabetes Day Friday 14 November

Keith Vaz, Prof Melanie Davies, Dr Ian Lawrence and Chief Exec of UHL John adlerSlide show of diabetes opening

Diabetes campaigner and MP Keith Vaz officially opened an outpatient centre aimed at tackling the condition suffered by an estimated 50,000 people in the city. The new department at Leicester General Hospital brings together diabetes outpatient clinics held at Leicester Royal Infirmary and two locations at the General, including temporary buildings.

Photo: MP Keith Vaz, Chief Executive of Leicester Hospitals John Adler, Professor of Diabetic Medicine at The University of Leicester Professor Melanie Davies,  Dr Ian Lawrence Consultant Diabetologist & head of service Diabetes for Leicester Hospitals.


  • 12-12.30pm – Reception
  • 12.30-12.50pm – Speeches by Dr Ian Lawrence, Head of Service for Diabetes for Leicester’s Hospitals and John Adler, chief executive for Leicester’s Hospitals
  • 12.50-1.10pm - Speech by Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP
  • 1.10-2pm - Reception drinks and tour of unit

Bring Care Closer

The new department brings together diabetes outpatient clinics previously held at both Leicester Royal Infirmary and two different locations at the General, including the portacabins.

Mr Vaz said: “This unit will save lives. I am honoured to be asked to open it. By having dedicated diabetes services such as this one, we can treat the condition more effectively and help people manage all aspects of their diabetes in one location. As a diabetic, I and others will be very happy to have our care managed under one roof.
“There are 3.3 million people living with diabetes in the UK today and an estimated 50,000 in Leicester. I am so pleased to see Leicester leading the way in tackling this condition.”


Located on a renovated and refurbished Ward 4 - which is beneath the Leicester Diabetes Centre of Excellence at the General - the new centre hopes to strengthen links with the centre of excellence on clinical research while delivering specialist diabetes services.

Dr Ian Lawrence, Head of Service for Diabetes at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “We are really excited about the new department. It unites our services at the General and the Royal, and is close to Leicester Diabetes Centre too.”

He added: “By offering a more cohesive service we look forward to offering our patients the best possible experience. There is improved access compared to the Royal, which is particularly beneficial for patients with foot problems, and we continue to provide comprehensive care for people with Type 1 Diabetes.

This includes the largest structured education programme (DAFNE) in the UK, and an insulin pump service supporting around 300 people on insulin pumps”

The transfer of diabetes outpatient clinics from the Royal to the General is one of a number of service moves taking place at Leicester’s Hospitals. The move helped ensure enabling works could take place, facilitating the development of the new Emergency Floor at the Royal.

The Diabetes Ante-Natal Clinic continues in the Kensington Building at the Royal as before while the weekly Diabetes Out-Patient Clinic at Glenfield Hospital also remains unchanged.

Notes to Editor:

DAFNE stands for Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating and is a way of managing Type 1 diabetes for adults and provides the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin.

The aim of DAFNE is to help diabetics lead as normal a life as possible, while controlling blood glucose levels, and reducing the risk of long-term diabetes complications.
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