Diabetic admissions in MK higher than national average

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Patients admitted to MK Hospital over the past three years with diabetic foot disease is higher than the national average according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

There have been 725 episodes of care for diabetic foot disease between 2011/12 and 2013/14, accounting for 6,201 nights in hospital.

Annually, 22.4 per 1,000 adults with diabetes have been sent to hospital in Milton Keynes needing treatment for diabetic foot conditions, compared to the national average of 19.2 per 1,000.

During the three years there were 35 major amputations, an annual rate of 1.1 amputations per 1,000 adults with diabetes, which is in line with national figures.

There were also 67 minor amputations (below the ankle), a rate of 2.1 per 1,000 people.

Over the three years, 278 different patients were admitted for foot disease and 63.3 per cent of these had more than one episode of care in the three years, which is significantly higher than the national average.

The number of diabetes-related amputations a week in England has reached an all-time record high of 135, according to Diabetes UK.

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “The fact the total number of amputations is continuing to rise is a huge concern because we know the devastating impact they have on people’s lives.

“As well as the psychological impact, they also cost lives as most people die within five years of having one.”