Patients with Diabetes will be cared for by their GP, the hospital and our Specialist Nurses based both at the practice and out in the community.
When you are newly diagnosed you will be seen by Sister Ruth Reid, Practice Diabetic Nurse who will guide you through your journey to better understand and live with your condition. She will ensure that you are referred to the appropriate support and screening services and then see you for an annual review and blood test to monitor your condition.
You can help yourself by better understanding your disease, help is available from Diabetes UK through the link below:
What To Do When You Are Ill
Everyone has days when they are not well. If you have Diabetes, being unwell can affect your glucose control so it is important that you know how to manage this. The below two leaflets give you essential information on how illness affects your glucose levels, looking after yourself, what to eat and drink, managing your medication (including insulin) and when to seek help.
If you need non-urgent support regarding your Diabetes, please submit an eConsult through our website and click “I want general advice”.
Your life can be affected by living with respiratory disease, whether it is COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or Asthma. We are committed to helping you to live you disease. After you are diagnosed you will be seen by one of our Specialist Respiratory Nurse Emma Ray.
You can help yourself by accessing information from the British Lung Society through Respiratory Care Support
There is also some great information and support from Asthma UK
Whilst all the GP’s are happy to give Family Planning Advice, we have 3 GP’s who have dedicated clinics in which they can fit coils and implants. Please talk to a GP about your needs and then you can be booked to see either Dr Katie Dixon, Dr Esther Lakes or Dr Jill Choudhury.
Sometimes, when we do not have an available appointment to meet your needs, we will ask you to go to the family planning clinic in Fareham.
Further information is available from Family Planning
When you have been diagnosed with Hypertension (raised blood pressure), it is important to keep a close eye on your blood pressure. We will offer you appropriate review appointments with either your GP or Practice Nurse depending upon your needs. Melanie Parker runs weekly clinics for patients who need to be monitored and supported.
You can help yourself by monitoring your own Blood Pressure at home but it is important to use a machine that is suitable. Guidance about machines can be found at The British Hypertension Society
Home BP Monitoring
It can be beneficial for patients to monitor their own blood pressure in the comfort of their own home, below is some guidance to help you with this:
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common problem, and there is overwhelming evidence to support the benefit of reducing high blood pressure in reducing your risk of stroke, heart disease and death.
Blood pressure is often a bit higher in the doctor’s surgery than at home and therefore home recordings tend to be a more realistic representation of your blood pressure. An average home blood pressure of 135/85 or less is normal.
You can buy a machine but machines can vary in reliability and we would therefore recommend that you buy one from the list of validated machines by the British Hypertension Society – you will need a large cuff if you have a large arm.
If you do decide to monitor at home, we would encourage you to download our Monitoring Sheet and bring this with you when you visit the GP or Practice Nurse for a blood pressure review.
There are a number of procedures that we are allowed to carry out in the practice. If your GP says that you have a condition that can be removed in the practice then you will be asked to book in for a Minor Op. The administration team will hold you details on the waiting list and contact you when there is an available appointment.
A number of the GPs are trained to inject joints with steroids which act as pain relievers. If your GP thinks that you could benefit from an injection they will recommend that you book in to see the appropriate partner depending on which joint is being injected.
The Practice Nurses are available to give you advice about your planned travel. It is important that you contact us in good time (2-3 months) before you plan to travel as we need enough time to give you the appropriate advice and then the relevant immunisations and medication.
Advice is available from the NHS Travel website and our practice nurses will reference this to give you their advice.