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Free Type 2 Diabetes Testing

Posted on November 09, 2018

If you are over 45, overweight, unfit and have a history of diabetes in your family, you may be at risk of this chronic disease. It can be controlled if detected early.

Starting on World Diabetes Day, Wednesday 14 November 2018, and in conjunction with the Channel Islands Co-Operative, Diabetes Jersey has arranged free tests for Type 2 Diabetes at the Pharmacy Locale located in Grand Marché stores in St Helier and at St Peter.

Free Testing Days

Pharmacy Locale, Grand Marché stores in St Helier and St Peter.

Wednesday 14 November 2018 - 10am to 4pm

Monday 19 November 2018 - 10am to 4pm

Monday 26 November 2018 - 10am to 4pm

Monday 3 December 2018 - 10am to 4pm

The Diabetes Type 2 testing service is available to anyone aged 18 years or over. The test takes 5 –10 minutes and will take place in a private pharmacy consultation room by a trained member of staff. No appointment is necessary. You will be asked to fill out a one page form with your details and then be asked several questions to help determine whether you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, including:

  • Your age
  • Your height, weight and waist measurement
  • If you take medicines for high blood pressure
  • If any of your family members have diabetes

This information will help to determine if you are at low, increased, moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. If you are at moderate or high risk, your blood sugar level will be checked, by taking a very small finger-prick sample of blood.

The blood sugar results are available immediately, and depending on the results you may be asked to come back for further assessment. This will include a fasting blood sugar test, which involves a finger-prick sample of blood when you have an empty stomach (usually first thing in the morning before you have breakfast).

You may be provided with lifestyle advice and ways to reduce your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes. If needed, you may be referred to your doctor following the testing service.

Tests will also be available, as usual, from GPs and pharmacies.

Download our brief introduction to Diabetes flyer here.

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