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Pound Piece Surgery
Reception: 01308 861800
 
Tunnel Road Surgery
Reception: 01308 861800

Diabetes Care


 

Patients with diabetes should have a full diabetes check-up at least annually.

 

Most patients on insulin attend hospital clinics, but most of those treated with diet and tablets will attend the Practice for diabetes care. You will be invited to make an appointment with one of our specialist Diabetic Practice Nurses, followed by an appointment with your usual doctor. These appointments are not at a fixed time as we feel it is easier for patients to choose a time convenient to them for their check up.

 

Your diabetic review appointment with the specialist Diabetic Practice Nurses will generally last around 30 minutes, so make sure you tell the receptionist when you call to make your appointment, what type of appointment it is that you need.

 

Various examinations are done with you during your appointment, such as your blood pressure, your height/weight, and the circulation and sensation in your feet. You will also get your blood taken, and we request that you bring a urine sample with you (sample bottles are always available from reception).

 

Your Practice Nurse will also cover several lifestyle factors with you, such as your smoking status, alcohol consumption, exercise level, and they will perform a dietary review.

 

We like to believe that our patients attending the practice for their diabetes care can benefit from both a high standard, and continuity, of care.

 

Diabetic patients also need to have their eyes checked annually, as people with diabetes are at risk of developing eye problems, such as retinopathy. These checks require special expertise and are therefore not done within the Practice.

 

Screening involves taking a photograph of the inside of your eye, using a special camera (this is safe and painless).

 


For more information on diabetes, and the services NHS Lothian offer, please see the links below:

 

Diabetes UK

 

Patient.co.uk information leaflets on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

 

 

PATIENT HELD RECORDS

As a practice we feel it is important to support you in the management of your Diabetes and that is why we have created hand held records for you to bring to all your appointment.

 

These contain lots of information about Diabetes and the tests we do and also allows you to carry a record of your results.


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