I had the bright idea of hosting an annual health event aimed at people with diabetes or people who are at risk of developing diabetes. Probably because in the seven years that Happy Feet has been in existence the number of people with diabetes has been steadily rising and its difficult during a normal foot care treatment to properly discuss the condition and offer good health care advice.
So from this fleeting thought I embarked on the journey to host the event, I choose the Maureen Sheehan Centre, in Albert Street, Belfast. It was in close proximity to Happy Feet and is in the community that the majority of our patients come from. Also the centre is a community health hub, hosting many health events through out the year and the Healthy Hearts Project is based there.
Next on the agenda was to try and find some other professionals that have an affinity with diabetes on board. This was the easiest task by far, the general thought was this was an amazing idea, and at one point I even thought it was all getting out of hand. I decided on four speakers, they were varied and all had interesting hints and tips for living full life with diabetes.
The speakers had to be short and concise with their information as they were only given ten minutes each. We wanted the delegates to have the opportunity to talk to the speakers and to look around the other health professional stalls that we had set up. The stands consisted of Laverty's Chemist's very own Pharmacist Kevin who carried out blood glucose testing and informatively discussed medication with the delegates. Medicon who show cased their home diagnostic equipment. The Patient Client Council, which is an organisation that carries out research into health complaints on patient care and satisfaction. As well as a fantastic information table from the charity Diabetes UK. The delegates were given the chance to network at these stands and have some light refreshments which I consulted with Christine a dietitian student on placement with Diabetes UK and decided to have fruit salad and wheaten bread with tea or coffee.
I was overwhelmed with its success and I can honestly say i am looking forward to next years event already!