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Diabetes fact sheets


The National Diabetes Support Team (NDST), established to support the implementation on the Diabetes National Service Framework (NSF), has produced a series of fact sheets tackling elements of diabetes care. Two of these - Glucose Self-monitoring and the Disposal of Sharps - contain the latest policy guidelines and have been endorsed by the Department of Health's diabetes policy team. Both documents are available from the resources page at

Online expert patient service

A new comprehensive health information service from the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has been launched on NHS Direct Online.

BMJ Best Treatments provides details on the most common health conditions, explains the pros and cons of elective surgery, other treatments available and offers advice on pre- and post-operative care.

It also features information on the choice of possible treatments for 60 chronic conditions including Alzheimer's, asthma, diabetes and cancer. These are ranked by effectiveness and the site highlights associated risks and benefits.

The service will provide patients with the same evidence-based information as their practice nurses, which will help them make informed choices about their health care.
It has been tailored to equip the public with information in easy-to-understand language and accessible formats.

The service is at