Diabetes is an abnormality of glucose metabolism causing high blood glucose levels.
Diabetes is a common condition affecting approximately 7% of the practice populaton. The number of people with diabetes is increasing due to an ageing population and rising levels of obesity.
Left untreated, high blood glucose levels damage blood vessels causing the recognisable complications of diabetes; heart attacks, strokes, and damage to peripheral blood vessels causing reduced blood supply to the lower limbs. Damage to small blood vessels can cause painful sensory symptoms in the lower limbs, threaten eyesight and cause kidney damage.
The likelyhood of developing complications of diabetes is significantly reduced by maintaining good blood glucose control and by modifying other cardiovascular risk factors such as stopping smoking, contolling blood pressure and reducing blood cholesterol.
Clinical staff will help patients manage diahetes but ultimately, responsibility for managing the condition rests with the patient. Diabetes is a lifelong condition requiring lifestyle changes with the aim of normalising body weight, controlling blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.
What happens following a diagnosis of diabetes?
A diagnosis of diabetes can have a devastating impact on the individual but, you should not worry, your practice team is there to help you.
Following a diagnosis of diabetes you will be invited to attend the practice nurse for inital assessment and advice regarding management of your diabetes. To help learn more about the condition, you will be invited to attend the Expert Diabetes Education Programme.
EXPERT Diabetes Education Programme
In addition to the education and support provided by the practice, patients with newly diagnosed diabetes are invited to attend the Expert Diabetes Educational Program to learn about diabetes, it’s complications and treatment. The education programme is delivered by Diabetic Specialist Nurses and dietetic staff.
Diabetic Retinal Screening Service
Diabetic patients are offered annual eye screening to detect a common complication of diabetes that can cause loss of sight if not detected early and treated.
The service is part of a national screening and treatment programme that involves the examination of a retinal photographs. By detecting changes early, it is possible to treat and prevent the development of sight threatening disease.
To book an appointment for retinal screening: