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Publication Date: 14/11/2017 

Seven-year-old girl thanks diabetes team 

Joy Little hands over £1800 


front: Daniel Purton, paediatric nurse specialist, Joy Little and Jane Farrell, paediatric diabetes nurse specialist. Back: Dr Ross McLean, speciality doctor in paediatrics, and Kerstin Bumke, consultant paediatrician. 

A young girl handed over £1800 to the NHS Lanarkshire paediatric diabetes team.

Joy Little, from Coatbridge, wanted to thank the staff for the care and treatment they have provided since her diabetes was diagnosed earlier this year.

Joy, who attends Langloan Primary School, said: “The doctors and nurses have been very good with me. They are always very kind and friendly and they are good at making sure that I take care of myself.”

After becoming unwell during a family holiday, Joy was rushed to hospital where it was discovered that she has type 1 diabetes. She has since had regular follow-up care with the paediatric diabetes team.

NHS Lanarkshire’s paediatric diabetes team provides training and support for parents and school staff so they have the necessary skills and knowledge to look after children with type 1 diabetes.

Jane Farrell, paediatric diabetes nurse specialist, said: “Once diagnosed and treated, type 1 diabetes in children is easily managed and compatible with an active and healthy life.

“However, the diagnosis comes first. It is important that parents are aware of the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes as, without treatment, this type of diabetes can be life-threatening.”

Approximately 90% of young people with diabetes suffer from type 1. The symptoms include; above average thirst, tiredness during the day, needing to urinate regularly and unexplained weight loss.

Dan Purton, paediatric nurse specialist, said: “The symptoms may come on quickly and should be acted upon immediately. If you suspect your child is exhibiting any symptoms of type 1 diabetes, a quick trip to the doctor or emergency department can avert more serious issues which can arise if symptoms go undiagnosed.”

In Joy’s case her mum, Lyndsey Little, stated to notice small changes in Joy.

Lyndsey said: “Joy was drinking a lot more than normal and going to the toilet more frequently. She had an increased appetite but, at the same time, she looked as though she was losing weight. As no one in our family had diabetes I didn’t think that Joy could possibly have diabetes.

Lyndsey added:  “It's perfectly normal to feel upset or worried when your child is diagnosed with diabetes but having the condition doesn't have to take away your child's freedom or end your usual family life. Joy still attends dancing, Girl’s Brigade and musical theatre classes but her diabetes has to be carefully managed in order for her to attend these.

“The diabetic nurse specialists and the school staff have worked together to ensure that Joy doesn’t miss out on any aspect of school life.”

The £1800 was raised at the annual Airdrie Bowling Club charity event, where Joy’s grandparents Bill and Lyn Robson are members.

Nurse Jane added: “My colleagues and I would like to thank Joy’s family and the entire Airdrie Bowling Club for deciding that we should be the beneficiaries of this year’s fundraising event.  The money will be used for paediatric diabetes education so other children, families and staff will benefit from this kind donation.”