Long Term Conditions
Conditions such as Diabetes, Ischaemic Heart Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Hypertension,Epilepsy, Inflammatory Arthritis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease will require regular monitoring by the GP or Nurse. Reminders to attend for R/V will either be made at the time of your repeat prescription or by letter. This may require blood tests with a follow up face to face consultation or simply a review by telephone. The reminder note will make clear what is required.
For those patients suffering from Diabetes, the surgery has the facility to initiate insulin or change insulin regime as long as initiate other non insulin injectables.
Those patients suffering from multiple long term conditions will be invited by letter to ensure that all conditions are reviewed at one sitting.
Please see "Chronic Conditions" section for further information about individual diseases.
For diagnosis and monitoring of respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma, Spirometry is a necessary investigation and available at the surgery.
Heart and Blood Pressure Monitoring
We have the facility to monitor pt's blood pressures over a 24 hour period. This is important for diagnosis and monitoring of patients. We also have the facility to loan out blood pressure machines to monitor blood pressure at home - this is useful for patients suffering from so called white coat hypertension. We also have a stand alone BP monitor withing the surgery freely accessible to all patients hence reducing the need for a unnecessary appointment with the nurse.
We also have the facility to monitor patients heart beat over 24 hr period - useful to investigate patients with palpitations hence reducing need for pt's to attend the hospital.
We have the facility to monitor patients who are on long term Warfarin - a medication used for pts with Atrial fibrillation / Valve replacement / Clots on legs or lung. This is a near patient test and the result is given to the pt at the time of the appointment - hence reducing the need for hospital attendance.
Sleep Apnoea Screening
We also have the facility to screen for sleep apnoea - a condition which is characterised by pts stopping breathing through the night. This has long term effects on quality of life and future cardiovascular risks - once again avoiding a unnecessary visit to the hospital.