New Uckfield Lions mini-bus should be on the road next month

A new Uckfield Lions mini-bus should be on the road next month and available for community use.lions_logo_un

Lions are going to view the mini-bus today, June 16. It is currently awaiting inspection by the Ministry of Transport which will issue various certificates, including for use of a lift for wheelchair users at the back.

The Lions also want to ensure that groups and individuals who gave donations are recognised with signage on the bus.

The Lions saved for years to replace the bus and launched a public appeal for funds in November 2014 to reach a £48,500 target.

Currently the mini-bus is used by Margaret House, Phab, Millington Court, Buxted Court and East Sussex Blind and Partially Sighted People.

Drivers must have a clean D1 category driving licence. The Lions have a limited number of driver who can help, subject to availability.

It is hoped the new bus will be available for use from July 4. The cost to hire it will be £1 a mile, including fuel, and a £15 minimum charge. Invoices are sent out on the first of the month and payment is expected within 14 days of receipt.

To book the mini-bus please contact Frank Phillips on 018254 763658. He has taken over the bookings calendar from David Airey who has looked after it for 14 years.

166 screened for diabetes thanks to Uckfield Lions

More than 160 people were screened for diabetes at a session organised by Uckfield Lions on June 4.

The club took over a retail unit at 170 High Street so that qualified personnel were able to carry out the screening tests.

Several people were referred to their doctor while others were counselled and offered dietary advice.

As a further service everyone was offered the Diabetes UK Risk Assessment which requires body measurement to be done in the patient’s home.

This assesses the probability of the patient developing diabetes in future years and indicates appropriate action to be taken by the patient for each recorded score.

Uckfield Lions will be offering diabetes screening in Heathfield later in the year.

• Glucomen GM equipment was used in the screening session. This tests one drop of blood and records glucose content in millimolecules per litre, mmol/l.

Results wouldbe affected by the fasting state of the patient but generally would be expected to be in the range 3.7 to 7 mmol/l.

Everyone over 6 mmol/l was counselled and offered dietary advice. Seven peole reading between 8.1 and 10 mmol/l were counselled or referred. Three people reading above 11 mmol/l were referred to their GP.

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