Diabetes services

Background

Most people would be shocked to know that around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, evidence shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable.

Routine practice diabetes care

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.

Both of the appointments will be with a nurse and you will need to have a blood test before each appointment.

It will help our nurses if you fill before coming the questionnaire “diabetes review” available on¬†SystmOnline.

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 with a nurse or one of the Drs.

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP)

The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.

The intention is to identify those at high risk of diabetes and refer them onto a behaviour change programme. Those referred will get personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes.

The programme started in 2016 with a first wave of 27 areas covering 26 million people, and we are part of this first wave.