MORE help is now available for those facing the fastest growing health threat in the UK.

Patients from Hambleton and Richmondshire areas with type 2 diabetes now have better access to educational courses thanks to extra funding.

The local NHS clinical commissioning group is investing in a local course, Diabetes Today, which was written and developed by diabetes dietitian Elaine Gill who is based at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

Some 700 people a day are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the UK. Left untreated or not managed well, it can result in a range of health complications including blindness, kidney failure, limb amputation, and even death.

Last year the CCG was successful in bidding for £183,000 of funding to help improve diabetes care for local patients.

Elaine Gill said: “The aim of the course is to help people with type 2 diabetes feel more confident about managing their condition.

“The course takes place over two half-days and is led by a dietitian and practice nurse. We make sure patients have the chance to really get to grips with their diabetes."

Anyone who is interested in attending a course should speak to their practice nurse or GP for more information and a referral onto the course.