New centre to tackle diabetes

Opening of new Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford General Hospital. Dr Michael Clements cuts the ribbon.
Opening of new Michael Clements Diabetes Centre at Watford General Hospital. Dr Michael Clements cuts the ribbon.

A new diabetes centre has opened at Watford General Hospital in the face of a massive increase in cases.

West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust says 17 per cent of its inpatients at any one time have diabetes while nationally the number of people with the condition has doubled to 2.9 million in the last 16 years.

The centre has been named after Dr Michael Clements, who has worked at the trust as a consultant endocrinologist for 24 years and treated thousands of patients.

He said: “I am delighted and humbled to have this opportunity to open a building that will provide a superb environment in which our dedicated staff can provide a modern service for patients with diabetes for many years to come.

“The aim of this centre is to become a beacon site for the management of diabetes locally and an important resource for the community.

“The new centre will also provide enhanced training for the next generation of diabetes clinicians, which in light of the astonishing rise in the frequency of the condition, is vitally important.”

The centre will offer education to patients along with easier access to specialist teams.

By 2025 it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes, of which 90 per cent will have type two diabetes because of the ageing population and increasing obesity.

One in 20 people in the UK have the condition and 400 new cases are diagnosed each day. An estimated 850,000 people have undiagnosed diabetes. Across the world more than 366 million people have the condition.