– Diabetes is a condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin. When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose (sugar) out of the blood and into cells, where it’s broken down to produce energy. However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to breakdown glucose into energy.
There are two main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
- Type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin.
Due to your condition and any medication you are taking, it is important that you have a check-up each year. To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday.
There are 2 steps to your annual review:
- The first step is to have an appointment with a Healthcare Assistant for your blood test and a blood pressure check.
- The second step is an appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your test results and your diabetes.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why do I need to wait a week to see the Practice Nurse?
It can take a few days for blood tests to be processed by the hospital and the results to be sent to the GP Surgery.
I have more than one condition which needs a yearly check-up.
Can I have a single check-up for everything?
Yes. You may need to book a longer appointment with the Practice Nurse. Your nurse will indicate below what length appointment is needed for your combination of conditions.
You will NOT be contacted to remind you that your check-up is due. Near your birthday, please call Portcullis GP Surgery on:
01584 872 939 after 10:00am and make 2 appointments:
- First appointment – with a Healthcare Assistant for a blood test and blood pressure check.
- Second appointment – with a Practice Nurse at least 1 week later to discuss the results of your tests and your conditions.