There are a number of services that can help you when it comes to looking after yourself if you have diabetes.
The majority of people with diabetes are looked after by the practice diabetes team.
We like to see all people with diabetes twice a year, once during their annual health check and again six months later. If you have other long term conditions, we will review these at the same time as your diabetes.
You will receive an invite for both the annual health check and the six month review. Our health care assistants will see you first to collect some blood tests and work through a set of health checks before you see a practice nurse. In some cases, the practice nurse may arrange an appointment to see one of our General Practitioners (GPs).
There are times when you will need to be seen more often than twice a year, for example after you are first diagnosed or if problems are detected during one of the routine reviews. We arrange these additional reviews as needed and may be a nurse or one of the Doctors.
The practice team
There are three nurses in the team Lisa Kitchen, Ali Nixon and Helen Archer. Ali Nixon is our lead nurse for diabetes care at the practice.
The diabetes lead for the practice is Dr Adrian Boonin.
If there is a particular problem identified with your diabetes care that we cannot help you within the practice, then we will refer you to a specialist service.
For the majority of specialist problems we use Leeds Community Healthcare diabetes service, though for some people we also refer to St. James’s Hospital.
Self help and support groups
There are 8,760 hours in a year and over a year you will only spend two to three hours receiving support and advice about your diabetes from professionals. The vast majority of care comes from ‘self care’.
We suggest that all people who develop diabetes should attend the self-management education programme, which is 6 hours of extra education offered to those with a new diagnosis of diabetes (your nurse will mention it).