Diabetes patients are set to benefit from faster treatment after Norfolk fundraisers donated a new laser eye machine to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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The chairman of the Norfolk Diabetes Trust formally presented the new equipment to the eye clinic at the hospital today after the charity raised £42,000.

The new multispot laser replaces the hospital’s single spot laser to heal damaged eye blood vessels, which means diabetes patients can receive treatment in a single treatment, rather than having to attend the eye clinic on two or three occasions with the old equipment.

There are around 33,000 people with diabetes in Norfolk and the condition is the leading cause of sight loss in the Western world.

Nigel Bertram, chairman of the Norfolk Diabetes Trust, which was formed by his mother Elsie Bertram 25 years ago, said fundraisers had run marathons, done sponsored bike rides and received grants from charitable trusts to raise the £42,000 for the new laser.

He added that the investment would make a “major” difference to people with eye problems in Norfolk and would mean patients could be treated quicker and the laser procedure would be less painful.

“This encapsulates the principles that the Norfolk Diabetes Trust is working with in helping people with diabetes throughout Norfolk,” he said.

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