The Diabetes UK Wirral group is one of over 350 voluntary groups situated throughout the UK.
During the period 1953 to 2002 the group :-
- Ran the BDA Home for Diabetics in Parkgate (this has been closed for many years)
- Supported Clinics at Birkenhead General Hospital, St. Catherine's Hospital, Arrowe Park Hospital and Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust - Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge
- Sent donations to London for Research and the Children's Fund
- Carried out fundraising and had direct links with People with Diabetes.
- The total monies donated between 1981 to 2002 were £81,867 to hospitals and £41,535 to Research.
For the last eight years, as Diabetes UK Wirral Voluntary Group, we have continued our work supporting hospitals and people living with diabetes and their families as well as continuing to send annual amounts to research.
Our major legacy was spent on building the Diabetes Register Room at Arrowe Park Hospital.
The President of our group is Dr King Sun Leong. Dr King Sun Leong graduated from Nottingham University in 1991. In 2001, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Nottingham University. He obtained his first consultant post in 2000 and worked at Whiston Hospital till 2004. In 2004, he moved to Arrowe Park Hospital where he has been ever since. He is currently the Clinical Service Lead for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Haematology as well the Trust-wide Clinical Head for Medicines Management. He is also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer for the University of Liverpool.
The group is run by an annually elected committee consisting of volunteers and our monthly meeting (See Events for details) is an opportunity for people living with diabetes to meet and share experiences with others and listen to presentations by healthcare professionals.
We encourage those interested to attend our group meetings which are a welcoming and social environment for people to discuss diabetes and its effects. Support and companionship are some of the simplest yet most important aspects of living with diabetes - this is why our group exists and we want to help in any way that we can.
The meetings are free to attend and open to all.