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[IPk] UK Pumpers
Hi all UK pumpers
My name is John Davis and I live near
Bournemouth. I am interested in talking to all UK pump users as I am very
concerned that not enough is know about pump therapy in the UK.
My intention is to raise awareness by various means and your
suggestions would be most welcome. I know that we are a very small minority in
the UK, however, things are on the move. 5 new pump users on the Isle of Wight
started last week!
I have started a support group here in Bournemouth, called the
INPUT Group, (IN-sulin PU-mp T-herapy), at present we have 7 members all of whom
are patients at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
As we all know, pump therapy is expensive, so one aim of the
group is to raise fund to pay for consumables etc. for those who cannot afford
to go on the pump. To this end we have gained support from the hospital by them
allowing us to operate under the auspices of their Registered
Our initial venture is to promote a Jazz Concert in May from
which we hope to make about £3000 profit.
I do not want to go into too much detail here, but I feel that
support groups are necessary, certainly until we get recognition by the NHS, so
I would like to see INPUT start up around the country. Each regional hospital
has a registered charity and I am sure they would be willing to help, but it
would need local input.
At present I have offers of help from several Diabetes Nurse
Specialists, all trained in pump therapy, to help. In addition, Disetronic UK
have been very supportive and have given a very generous donation to
I could go on and on, but I won't. I am very enthuastic about
this project and feel it could really make pump therapy take off. I have advised
6 people this year to go on the pump, and they are the one's that phoned
I know that Insulin Pump Therapy is the way forward, all we
have to do is convince the right people.
Thanks for taking time to read this.