New programme tackling type 2 Diabetes and obesity in Havant

  • Report by ITV News Meridian's Sally Simmonds:


A doctor who has managed to reverse his own diabetes says he's determined to help others.

Donal Collins was distraught when he was diagnosed two years ago. Now he's rolling out a programme starting in Havant to tackle rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes conditions which adversely affect outcomes with Covid. We meet the people benefiting from then plan.


Lisa has lost a stone since Christmas

A cheese and bacon burger, sweet potato fries, salad and coleslaw was Lisa's dinner last night on her new diet. She's lost a stone since Christmas.




The former GP took up Parkrun and ate less, but couldn't bring his blood sugars down. So he researched a lot, and found a solution.

  • Dr Donal Collins, Medical Director- Barlow Collins:

Donal is rolling out a support programme at Homewell practice in Havant where diabetes and obesity rates exceed the national, and they've tried and tested on staff first.

Donal is rolling out a support programme at Homewell practice in Havant
  • Dr Dominic Davis, GP Partner- Homewell Practice:

Success would make a huge difference to obese and diabetic patients who catch Covid-19.



After a lifetime of counting calories, Lisa is enjoying her food, and feeling the health benefits.For more information on the plan, click here.