Patients awarded for their courage and perseverance

by Padraig Conlon
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A group of Tallaght Hospital patients have been awarded medals to recognise their years of courage and perseverance.

The six patients were presented with special 50 and 60 year medals-of-achievement at a recent awards ceremony in recognition of their positive attitude towards living with diabetes.

The six recipients, all in their 70’s, have collectively lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 320 years.

The awards were presented in the recently-opened Simm’s Building beside Tallaght University Hospital, which is now the designated location for the Hospital’s diabetes outpatient services.

Tallaght University Hospital is a leading provider of complex diabetes care, and a core activity of its Diabetes Centre is to empower patients through education.

Each year the hospital sees and assists over 10,000 people living with diabetes.

The four women and two men from Dublin and Roscommon, who have been attending the Diabetes outpatients Clinic at the Hospital, each received either an Alan Nabarro medal (50 years) or a Robert Lawrence medal (60 years) from Professor Richard Firth, Consultant Endocrinologist and former National Lead for the Diabetes Clinical Programme in Ireland.

Commenting at the presentation Professor Firth said: “Living with Diabetes for over 50 years is a remarkable achievement.

“It says more about the self-discipline and compliance of the individual patient than about the improving care available.

“However, the latter is improving so that we hope to see more and more people qualifying for Medals while we wait for the cure for Type 1 Diabetes.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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