The Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) is celebrating Diabetes and Chronic Lung Disease Awareness Month by offering free health screenings for lung function, blood sugar and blood pressure at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) on Wednesday.

The Diabetes Respiratory Endocrine and Metabolimm (DREAM) Centre will provide diabetes, asthma and lung disease education and awareness information, and free screenings, in the General Wing lobby on Wednesday, November 15th from 11am to 3pm.

If that is not possible, a spokeswoman said residents may contact the team via email on asthma.centre@bhb.bm.

On behalf of the DREAM Centre team, BHB Asthma Educator Debbie Barboza said: “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease which over time makes it harder to breathe.

“Anyone over 40 who smokes or has a history of smoking and who finds it difficult to breathe should come in and take the free lung function test,” she said.

DREAM Centre Clinical Manager Jane Hope said: “Bermuda has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. It is the leading cause of blindness and heart disease on the island.

“These side effects can be avoided with prevention, early detection and proper management of diabetes,” she added. “At the DREAM Centre we want to help people to control their sugar levels. Good education has been shown to be as effective at lowering blood sugar levels as many diabetes medications and regular monitoring and appropriate interventions help individuals to avoid the complications of diabetes.”

BHB CEO Venetta Symonds said the BHB was “pleased to be able to offer these free screenings to the public”.

“As healthcare professionals we recognise the importance of early detection and prevention in chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and  COPD. I encourage you to come in and meet our DREAM Centre professionals. They can help you on your wellness path.”

The accredited team comprises Asthma & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Nurse Educator Debbie Barboza; Diabetes Nurse Educators Jane Hope, Verna Eugene and Tammoi Jarrett and Clinical Dieticians Letitia Rabain and Jessika Quigley. All programs at the DREAM Centre are accredited and covered by insurance.

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