Your Annual Diabetic Review

We aim to review all our diabetic patients annually during the month of their birthday.

During the COVID-19 pandemic the process has been delayed but we are gradually catching up.

We are currently calling patients for an appointment at the surgery for a blood and urine test, foot check, BP and weight check. Following this we ask you to book a telephone appointment with a nurse trained in the care of patients with diabetes at your surgery.

During this telephone appointment the nurse will discuss your blood test results and offer advice tailored to you. The essential elements that make up your diabetes review may include all or some of the following:

  • HbA1c
  • Blood pressure
  • Lipids
  • Dietary Advice
  • Microvascular complication screening – feet, kidneys and eyes
  • Emotional and psychological well being
  • Structured education
  • Specialist care
  • Flu jabs
  • Sexual well being
  • Smoking cessation
  • Inpatient care
  • Pregnancy care

Please see this guide to managing your diabetes

Useful information for patients with Diabetes

Healthy Eating

No matter what type of diabetes you have food is likely to play a significant role in the way you manage your condition. Eating well can help you live a healthier happier life and reduce your risk of developing complications too.

Diabetes UK provides some excellent advice on healthy eating  

Carbs and Cals is a really useful resource which explains the carbohydrate content and calories in common food. 

Physical Activity

That does not mean you need to run a marathon! It could be anything – gardening, walking or on line exercise videos – the point is to find something you enjoy. Physical activity can reduce insulin resistance, improve circulation and boost mood. It has also been shown to reduce stress levels as well as protecting your overall health. 

Have a look at the NHS Fitness Studio for ideas about different types of exercise. 

Learning Zone

Learning Zone is an interactive tool to help educate and support people with diabetes. Clinically approved and endorsed by experts it combines evidence based medical advice with real patient experiences. It is intended to complement the structured education programmes that patients are referred to when they are first diagnosed with diabetes. 

By inputting some information about yourself you are given tailored advice with aim of encouraging selfmanagement.