Diabetic reviews are performed at between 4 and 12 month intervals depending on your control.
When you receive a letter to make an appointment for a diabetic check or notice on your repeat medication reorder slip that you will need to see the nurse or doctor before further medications, please book an appointment with the phlebotomist (a blood form will be waiting at reception) and then a 20 minute appointment with the nurse a week later.
Please bring your first urine sample of the day to the appointment (a bottle can be collected from reception when you come for your blood test) so that we can check for early signs of kidney problems.
At your diabetic review, the nurse will check your blood glucose control over the last 3 months, check your weight and blood pressure and the sensation and circulation in your feet. They will discuss your blood tests; these look at your kidneys and cholesterol. General lifestyle measures can also be discussed in addition to diet. If you smoke, the nurses will be delighted to help you select an appropriate medication to help you quit. If you are monitoring, please bring in your meter.
The nurses will then reauthorise your medications for anything between 4 and 12 months, depending on your diabetic control. New medications may also be discussed at this stage if your control has not been optimal. Please let us know if you haven’t received an appointment for your diabetic eye screening test.