Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes – a lifelong condition 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 properly
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, over 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
At Lofthouse Surgery and The Manse Surgery, we invite our patients who are diabetic and patients who are at a higher risk of becoming diabetic, to attend the surgery for an annual review. It is important that patients attend this appointment to discuss how they are managing their long term condition and to discuss any concerns or questions they may have with a health care professional.
The appointments are done in 2 parts:
- Part 1 – Information gathering – this is an appointment with a Health Care Assistant who will run several tests such as a blood test, blood pressure, weight and urine test.
- Part 2 – Review – this is an appointment with the Practice Nurse who will review your results from the tests run in Part 1, and to discuss any concerns, questions and medications.
To make an appointment with a Health Care Assistant please contact the surgery.