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Diabetes Clinics

These are our Diabetic-only clinics, so you can find a time to suit you for your annual or 6 month reviews:

Mondays

Helen Cooper, practice nurse. 14.00 - 15.30, at Langford

Tuesdays

Shirley Hemshall, practice nurse. 14:45 - 17:30, at Victoria House

Wednesdays

Sam Fincham, practice nurse. 9.00 - 11.30, at Langford

Shirley Hemshall, practice nurse. 9.30 - 12.00, at Victoria House

    and 14:45 - 17:30, at Victoria House

Thursdays

Dr Mandy Ward, alternative weeks at Langford and Victoria House - ALL DAY

Helen Cooper, practice nurse. 10.00 - 12.00, at Langford

Shirley Hemshall, practice nurse. 9.30 - 12.00, at Victoria House

     and 14.30 - 17.00, at Victoria House

Fridays

Sam Fincham, practice nurse. 9.45 - 12.00, at Langford

Shirley Hemshall, practice nurse. 9.30 - 12.00, at Victoria House

    and 14:45 - 17.30, at Victoria House

Finally, we have our Diabetic Specialist Nurse Katie Hards (née Seal) who comes to Langford one Saturday morning a month - this clinic is ideal for commuters and those that cannot come during the week.




Why is a diabetic review important to me?

FEET

You should have a diabetic foot check at least once a year here at the GP surgery (even if you are seen by OCDEM at the hospital). 

Diabetes can affect the blood supply to the feet and can also lead to reduced sensation. 

By having your feet checked regularly, early changes can be detected and managed appropriately.



EYES

Once a year you will be invited to attend for a diabetic eye check. This is a national screening programme offered to all patients with diabetes aged 12 years and over. The delicate small blood vessels at the back of the eye can become damaged if you have diabetes and so detecting early changes can help prevent further complications.



KIDNEYS

You will be asked to provide a morning urine sample every 12 months. The sample is sent off to look for protein in the urine. 

Protein in the urine can be the first sign that indicates the blood supply to the kidneys is being compromised which in diabetes can lead to further complications if not treated early.



BLOOD PRESSURE

In diabetes, the target blood pressure is slightly lower and that is because a higher blood pressure can potentially damage the smaller more vulnerable blood vessels in the body, for example, in the eyes, the kidneys, and the feet.

Did you know you can check your own blood pressure in the waiting room? Be sure to give the result to one of our receptionists so we can record it on your record for monitoring.



HbA1c

We know that in diabetes the level of blood glucose in the body can fluctuate. The aim is to keep it within a healthy range avoiding hypoglycaemia (too low) and hyperglycaemia (too high). 

Abnormal blood glucose levels can damage the blood vessels in the body, including those that supply the heart, the brain, the eyes, the kidneys, and the feet. 



LIFESTYLE

At your diabetic review we can discuss ways in which you can adopt a healthy eating pattern combined with keeping active. 

If weight loss is a goal, then there are a number of programmes within the Oxfordshire area that have been designed to help patients lose weight and lead a more active lifestyle.

Please visit: www.achieveoxfordshire.org.uk



above, created by Alchester Medical Group April 2018

 
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