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[IPk] INPUT- attachment

Promoting Insulin Pump Therapy
90 Everton Road, Hordle, Lymington, SO41 0FD
Tel/Fax: 01425 629773
e-mail: email @ redacted

Administrator: John Davis BSc (Econ).          Media Liaison: Ranald Foot.
Diabetic Advisors: Dr David Kerr MD FRCP.   Joan Everett BSc (Hons) RGN

Input Group is a patient led body, it was formed because a need was
perceived for a charitable organisation to help the fund the use of Insulin
Pumps and their supplies. It grew out of an abortive attempt to form a
national charity in November 1998.

At that time it became apparent, that due to the time scale and the
widespread location of the people involved, it would be impossible to
administer a national charity effectively. It was decided, therefore, to
seek another way around the problem.

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital was approached with the idea of a pilot
scheme operating under the auspices of their existing charity, after some
discussion the concept was accepted and INPUT GROUP was formed.

The aims of the group are:

  To promote awareness of Insulin Pump Therapy.
  To provide education and training in the use of Insulin Pumps.
  To provide support to the patients on Insulin Pump Therapy.
  To raise funds to enable us to do the above.

It is hoped that further branches will be organised in other Regional
Hospitals so that the benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy can be brought to
diabetics all over the UK.

INPUT is more than a charity it is also a support group. People who suffer
from diabetes can gain a great deal from support groups, they can help
diabetics and their families face the many challenges they face in life.
They enhance self-awareness and help pinpoint the danger areas.

Best of all, support groups can provide important information and self care
tips to help create your own individual diabetes management plan. The
camaraderie, laughter and back and forth bantering support groups encourage,
help banish the feeling of isolation. When the question is asked, "Has
anyone ever felt...?" or, "Has this ever happened to you?" The answer is
almost always "Yes." Support groups help air member's feelings and
experiences. They provide a welcome framework for coping.

INPUT is a support group for diabetics, using insulin pumps. From a
patient's point of view Insulin Pump Therapy has proved to be beneficial in
many aspects including a much more flexible life style while enjoying
improved glucose control. Insulin Pump Therapy allows for increased
flexibility in meal  timing and amounts, improved glucose control
particularly with variable work schedules.

Insulin Pump Therapy offers a better quality of life.

Insulin Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/
for mail subscription assistance, contact: HELP@insulin-pumpers.org