Diabetes ‘driving force’ dies at 67

Diabetes sufferer Mary MacKinnon, from Sheffield
Diabetes sufferer Mary MacKinnon, from Sheffield
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A diabetes expert described as the ‘driving force’ behind improvements in care for Sheffield patients has died aged 67.

As a nurse, Mary MacKinnon spent 30 years helping people with diabetes manage their condition and designed and ran programmes for healthcare providers.

She lived to see the new Diabetes Education Centre at the Northern General Hospital named after her, while the charity Diabetes UK has an annual lecture in her name.

Mary, who lived in Dore, lectured at Sheffield and Warwick universities and visited more than 12 countries to pass on her expertise.

Prof John Ward, retired professor of diabetic medicine, will reflect on her career at a memorial service at St John’s Church, Ranmoor, on Saturday at 2pm, after a private cremation.

“She was a driving force and was respected tremendously,” said Prof Ward.

Mary carried on working despite being diagnosed with lung cancer around a year ago. She diagnosed herself with diabetes in 1999, while taking blood sugars as part of a training course.

Mary died on November 9 and leaves a husband, Ewen, and sons Alistair and Duncan.