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Hospital takes part in Hypo Awareness Week campaign

Posted: 13 October 2016
Kelly White, Senior Communications Officer

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been taking part in a national drive to raise awareness of a condition in people living with diabetes.

Picture of two people standing in front of a stand holding promotional material about Hypo Awareness Week campaign

The Trust staged a seven-day campaign to raise awareness about hypoglycaemia as part of Hypo Awareness Week.

Hypoglycaemia, also known as a hypo, happens when the blood glucose levels of people with diabetes drop too low and they can feel shaky, unwell and can even slip into a coma. Hypoglycaemia is the single most common diabetes emergency that has significant morbidity associated.

The annual campaign aims to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the UK by educating healthcare professionals about the condition. The theme for this year is optimum control and the autumn awareness drive is calling for a good control of diabetes to avoid hypos.

The number of people with diabetes in hospital beds has increased since 2010, up from 14.6% to 16.8% in 2015.1

The bedside survey also found that more than one fifth (21.8%) of inpatients had one or more hypoglycaemic episodes over the previous seven days of their stay.2

During the seven-day campaign the trust staged training events to raise awareness of the condition. Resources, including leaflets, guidelines and educational slides, was also used to help spread the word.

  • 1Health & Social Care Information Centre, The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (Nadia): Page 18. 2016. Web. 6 Sept. 2016.
  • 2Health & Social Care Information Centre, The National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (Nadia): Page 55. 2016. Web. 6 Sept. 2016


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  1. For more information, please contact Kelly White, Senior Communications Officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 281 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.
  2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.