Medway diabetes nurse releases parody music video for Hypo Awareness Week

Date: 30 September 2019

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Staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust have come together to film a parody version of the Village People’s ‘YMCA’ to raise awareness for Hypo Awareness Week (30 September to 6 October). Watch it here: https://youtu.be/Y1N4OAaLRac

The track, titled ‘HYPO’ by the ‘Medway People’, has been released by the Trust’s Inpatient Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Amanda Epps, to mark the annual seven-day campaign which aims to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the UK by educating healthcare professionals about the short-term complications of diabetes.

‘Hypos’ or hypoglycaemic attacks occur when glucose in the blood falls to a low level, with symptoms including sweating, confusion, hunger, dizziness, shaking, and sometimes unconsciousness.

Filmed on-site at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, ‘HYPO’ features many of the Trust’s hard-working members of staff, including Amanda’s fellow Inpatient Diabetes Specialist Nurse, Rebecca Watt, and team members Linda Ambler and Joanne Smith.

Amanda said:

‘’We are really excited to release this video and we hope it will spread the message about the importance of this campaign.

‘’Hypos can be dangerous, particularly for people whose hypo-awareness is low because they are ill and less able to spot the indicative signs. It’s also vital that healthcare professionals are aware of patients who are particularly at risk of hypos.

‘’We had lots of fun making the video! It’s great to do something a bit different and get involved in Hypo Awareness Week 2019.’’

Earlier this year, 38-year-old Amanda attended a special reception with former prime minister Theresa May at Downing Street, after she was part of a team which won a major healthcare prize at the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes Awards in October 2018.

2019 Hypo Awareness Week - funded by healthcare companies Sanofi and GlucoRx - is expected to be a record-breaking campaign with more than 600 sites involved. 

  • Summary:

    Staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust have come together to film a parody version of the Village People’s ‘YMCA’ to raise awareness for Hypo Awareness Week (30 September to 6 October). Watch it here: https://youtu.be/Y1N4OAaLRac