On Monday 14th November (World Diabetes Day) St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, will be hosting a chat on Twitter with Dr Roni Sharvanu Saha, consultant in acute medicine, diabetes and endocrinology, to raise awareness of diabetes, a condition which affects more than 2.8 million people in the UK.

The chat will give participants the chance to find out more about the condition and the diabetes services provided by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Participants will also hear about the diabetes resources available on the internet and have their questions answered by Dr Saha. Those wishing to participate are asked to send topics in advance to ftassistant@stgeorges.nhs.uk.

The chat will take place from 12:45hrs to 13:45hrs on Twitter via the #sghwdd hashtag. To ensure all participants see your tweets include “#sghwdd” in your messages.

St George’s Healthcare is committed to developing its engagement with trust members, patients and staff and it is hoped that this new initiative using Twitter will broaden our audience reach.

Talking about the upcoming Twitter chat Dr Saha said: “The Twitter chat will give those who may not be able to come to the event on the 16th November a chance to discuss diabetes with myself, other diabetes patients and patient groups. I look forward to the discussion and to finding out how people with diabetes are using Twitter to support each other.”

In addition to the Twitter chat Dr Natasha Patel, consultant in acute medicine and diabetes, will present a talk on diabetes on Wednesday 16th November in lecture theatre F, 1st floor Hunter Wing and Hyde Park Room, 1st floor Lanesborough Wing at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. To find out more about this and other events for trust members visit the foundation trust section of the St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website.

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For more information, please contact the communications team at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust on 020 8725 5151 or emailcommunications@stgeorges.nhs.uk. Outside working hours, please page the team by calling 0844 822 2888, leaving a short message and contact details for pager SG548.