New Diabetics Support Group 

What does Frome Medical Practice offer? 

Getting a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes can be a worrying time. How do you find out about the changes you need to make to your lifestyle, and how best to make them?

We have set up a support group to help you if you've recently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. The support group will consist of four guided sessions, which will take place face to face with a health coach. These sessions will help you identify the key areas you need to focus on to manage your diabetes. You will also be given practical advice on how to make effective changes – in small, manageable steps.

We also provide a free Fitbit – an activity tracker worn on the wrist like a watch – so you can follow the changes you are making.

 

What is the New Diabetics Support Group?

The support group takes place at the practice, on a Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm. The sessions will be every other week and there are four sessions to attend in total. 

The support group consists of four sessions, as follows:

  1. Welcome to the Group: our Diabetes Lead GP Nick Hopkins will welcome you and there's a chance to get to know each other. We will explain how diabetes affects your body and introduce you to your Fitbit and explain how you can use it to help you reach your goals. 
  2. Movement and Activity – Why is movement beneficial, and what small changes can I make?
  3. Diet and Eating – Discovering what is best to eat, and why.
  4. Relaxation and Sleep – how to improve your relaxation and sleep, and how they affect your diabetes.

After each session we will send you resources specifically designed to further support and guide you around the session topics.

 

What are the benefits of taking part in the New Diabetics Support Group?

There are many benefits to joining the New Diabetic Support Group, including

  • You will get a free Fitbit (which you can keep) to help you achieve (and keep achieving) your healthy lifestyle changes.
  • You will learn more about your health condition.
  • You will get the chance to explore what works best for you and your health and wellbeing
  • Making changes when you're part of a support group is proven to be more effective and long-lasting.
  • You will hopefully feel less isolated and alone in managing your health.
  • The group will be a supportive safe space to find out how others are living with the condition.
 

What do our patients say about other Group Clinics?

Here's what patients have said about some of our other recent Group Clinics:

‘I felt supported and heard’

‘I feel motivated and supported to make small changes’

‘It was great listening to what other people are going thorough and how they are dealing with diabetes - understanding how differently it effects each individual, and how they are managing their lifestyle’

‘I didn't feel like I was on my own dealing with it all anymore’

‘Wonderful and informative’

 

 How can I join the group sessions?

If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in the last 12 months, and you want to attend the New Diabetic Support Group, then please complete the self-referral form - click here. 

Once we receive your form, we will be in touch with you to chat through enrolling on the first session.

SELF REFERRAL FORM

 

Find out more

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further please contact us by emailing somicb.frome.VGC@nhs.net or call our Care Navigators on 01373 301301.