Free Testing at the Coop
SEVENTEEN PER CENT of those tested during the free testing days for Type 2 diabetes offered at the CI Cooperative Society’s Grand Marché stores in St Helier and St Peter in November, gave positive results and revealed that of those tested (more than 350) either already have the condition or about to contract it.
Around 4,500 people in Jersey are known to have diabetes, approximately five per cent of the population. That the tests revealed treble that percentage reflects the likelihood that a significant proportion of those tested (222 at the St Helier Grand Marché and 141 at St Peter) recognized, from the publicity surrounding the tests, that they might well be at risk.
The tests were carried out by the CI Co-Op’s pharmaceutical staff led by Sara Kynicos, Superintendent Pharmacist at Cooperative Pharmacy Locale.
Thanks to the success of this first initiative Diabetes Jersey will be joining forces throughout this year to expand the facilities for testing.
Bill O’Brien, chairman of Diabetes Jersey, says: “I know that both we and the CI Co-Op were surprised at the high level of response to this initiative and we are extremely grateful to Sara and her staff for the professional and sensitive manner in which the testing was carried out and very pleased that this productive liaison between us will continue."