Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
- type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
- type 2 diabetes – where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin
Our Diabetes Service
Your diabetic care will be delivered by your registered GP, alongside our practice nurses:-
· Vicky Thomson
· Sundy Whiting
You can expect a yearly review of your diabetes with our nurse.
They will monitor the 15 health checks as recommended by Diabetic UK . This is to reduce the chance of diabetic complications
Prior to this check you will receive a request to attend for a blood test.
Please attend your annual diabetic review appointment at Bell House even if you have been to other diabetic appointments as the nurse will need to examine you and monitor your blood pressure and check your feet.
The practice nurse will also let you know what your diabetic measurements should be for good control.
You will also get an invite for yearly diabetic eye check which can pick up early treatable diabetic eye disease
If you do not receive an appointment for a yearly check, please contact the diabetic administration team at our surgery.
You can also expect to have a 6 monthly check on your blood sugar control by means of another blood test. You may be asked to make an appointment with one of the team if we need tighter control of your diabetes
As part of keeping a check on your health in relation to your diabetes, please attend your yearly eye screening when you receive an appointment.
From time to time, you may also be seen by:-
· Our Clinical Pharmacist
· Our Physicians Associate
· The Hospital
to help with your diabetic care.
Here’s the 15 checks :
- Blood glucose test (HbA1c test)
- Blood pressure check
- Cholesterol check (for blood fats)
- Eye screening
- Foot and leg check
- Kidney tests
- Advice on diet
- Emotional and psychological support
- Diabetes education course
- Care from diabetes specialists
- Free flu jab
- Good care if you’re in hospital
- Support with any sexual problems
- Help to stop smoking
- Specialist care if you’re planning to have a baby.