Diabetes and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Patients with diabetes are at increased risk of hospitalisation if they become infected with coronavirus (COVID-19)

We strongly advise patients with diabetes to protect themselves from potential exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) by adopting ‘social distancing’ measures to significantly limit face-to-face contact with people including friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are to:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible.
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. If you are concerned about your diabetic control, use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Maintaining good health

We encourage diabetic patients to maintain good glucose control by strict adherence to dietary measures and by taking prescribed medication on a regular basis.

Maintaining good glucose control strengthens the immune system and helps the body combat infection.

Maintaining good glucose control is particularly important with coronavirus (COVID-19) circulating in the community to avoid developing a serious illness.

If you are concerned about glucose control, please contact the surgery by telephone and a doctor or nurse will contact you discuss your concerns.

What about diabetic review?

The practice stopped inviting patients for diabetic review to protect vulnerable patients from being potentially exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). These arrangements will remain in place until Public Health Wales relax social distancing recommendations which are expected to remain in place for several months.

We will continue to support patients with diabetes. Patients due for review will be contacted by a practice nurse to discuss the management of their condition.

What to do when you are ill

If you have diabetes, being unwell can affect your blood glucose control so it is important that you know how to manage this.

Things you need to know:

  • How illness affects your blood glucose levels
  • Looking after yourself
  • What to eat and drink
  • Managing your medication
  • When to seek help

The local diabetes team recommend reading one of the following leaflets to help manage health and sick days.

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