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News and events

October 2018

Fitness and Fundraising for the Trotman Family

Family of four links arms in front of Tower Bridge on a wet day

Once again our fabulous diabetes families have stepped up to the starting post to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The Trotman family recently entered the JDRF 10km Walk in London to raise awareness and funds for diabetes.

Despite the dismal weather and rain Dan, Liz, Holly and Jos Trotman's enthusiasm and determination was not dampened, and they all managed to complete the 10km walk and raised £310 (plus Gift Aid) for JDRF.

An amazing achievement! Well done to the Trotman family!

August 2018

Management moves

Fiona Ryan

There has been a new opportunity to develop research in the department. Dr Rachel Besser will be taking up this opportunity as Research and National Paediatric Diabetes Audit lead and stepping down in her role as Clinical Lead.

We would like to thank Dr Besser for all her work in the role as Clinical Lead over the last two years, in particular for securing the commissioning of NHS prescribing of the Abbott Freestyle Libre for paediatric patients in Oxfordshire.

We would like to welcome Dr Fiona Ryan as the new Clinical Lead. Dr Ryan is well known to many of you, having been a Consultant in the Diabetes Team here for over 14 years and the lead for Paediatric Endocrinology for the past 14 years.

Dr Ryan will continue to support the Team in providing excellence of care.

May 2018

Inspiring runner with type 1 diabetes and the challenge of a lifetime

DiAthlete logo

26-year-old Gavin Griffiths, 'The DiAthlete', took on the challenge of 25 marathon runs around the UK and Ireland between 13 April and 13 May 2018.

Gavin has supported us with sports workshops for our youngsters and is a wonderful advocate for our young people living with type 1 diabetes.

Marathon number seven began at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford on Friday 20 April 2018 and ended in Bury Knowle Park, Headington.

Find out more via the links below.

April 2018

Jogging for JDRF

A man in a marathon 'bib' running along with other runners

Very well done to Mark Garrett, one our our fantastic parents, who completed the London Marathon in five hours and five minutes, to raise over £500 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). An amazing achievement in itself on one of the hottest days of the summer in London.

March 2018

Fundraising fever

Three smiling women in running clothes pose at the finish line

Congratulations to Dr Taffy Makaya, Alison West and Sarah Chapman of our diabetes team, who all took part in the Oxford Mail OX5RUN! Together they have raised over £1,400, which will go towards the Oxford Children's Hospital Charity.

February 2018

Flash Glucose Sensing (Abbott Freestyle Libre) available for children and young people in Oxfordshire

We are delighted to announce that the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) have approved prescribing of FreeStyle Libre sensors on the NHS. This will be for patients who meet certain criteria.

Please follow the link here, which has been sent to GPs in Oxfordshire, to see what the requirements are (pdf)

Prescriptions will be through the GP, on request by the paediatric diabetes team. We will be discussing with patients on an individual basis whether eligibility for Libre prescribing is possible during the routine diabetes clinic appointment.

In order for us to prescribe the Libre, certain criteria will need to be met. This includes that each individual will have attended structured education for use of the FreeStyle Libre. There are certain criteria that must also be met within the clinic, such as completing the relevant documentation and also participation in National Audit.

Any patient who is eligible and who meets the criteria will have a six-month trial, and following this it will be assessed whether funding can be continued. We are very happy to discuss this in more depth at your/your child’s next clinic appointment.

We will not be initiating request for funding until the beginning of May 2018. This is because it will take some time to get everything in place. If there are any questions, please do ask your doctor, nurse or dietitian when you attend your clinic appointment.

December 2017

Trotman's team triumphs in Oxford Mail football league

Boy in football kit on the pitch about to kick a ball

Jos Trotman is a boy of many talents: he manages his type 1 diabetes, and also competes at a top level for youth football in Oxfordshire.

Jos plays for Abingdon Under 14s and took part in the Oxford Mail Boys' League U14 Knockout Cup on Sunday 3 December 2017 against Caversham Colts U14. The knockout competition is organised for the top two divisions in the League.

Playing sport at such a high level can require careful management of diabetes, but Jos has always achieved this cheerfully and with pride.

Jos' family believes this has been possible with the strong support of the Diabetes Sports clinic, ensuring Jos is aware of all aspects of diabetes management and able to make any changes as appropriate.

They said: "The Abingdon Youth team is really supportive of Jos; the coaching staff always make sure he has time to adjust pump settings - or finger prick if needed - whenever he needs to do this.

"Thanks so much to you and all the doctors at the Sports Clinic for all the help and guidance you've given us."

July 2017


Mud run for fun and fundraisingMuddy children relaxing after the run

There was much mud and madness when Joe Binns, his sister Jess, and friends Eddie, Archie, Joey, Harry and Dylan participated in a military mud run to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The 5km run included obstacles to climb over and lots of muddy water to go through.

Joe said "The best part was where we had to go down a slide into a pond with very black water! By the end we were extremely muddy."

The group raised an magnificent amount from the event and raised over £600 for JDRF. It was definitely mud madness, as Joe also said, "I would definitely do it again because it was so much fun!"

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