There are a number of services that can help you when it comes to looking after yourself if you have diabetes.
The majority of people with diabetes are looked after by the practice diabetes team.
We like to see all people with diabetes at least once a year for an annual health check and if necessary 6 months later.
You will receive an invite for both the annual health check and the 6 month review. Both of the appointments will be with a nurse and you may need to have a blood test before each appointment.
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 they will either be with a nurse or one of the Doctors.
The practice team
Practice Nurse Cath Francey and Dr Sadiq are responsible for the diabetic care at the surgery.
If there is a particular problem identified with your diabetes care that we cannot help you within the practice, then we will refer you to a specialist service.
For the majority of specialist problems we use Leeds Community Healthcare diabetes service, though for some people we also refer to the local hospital.
Self help and support groups
We suggest that all people who develop diabetes should attend the self-management education programme, which is 6 hours of extra education offered to those with a new diagnosis of diabetes (your nurse will mention it).
There is also a local Patient Empowerment Programme (PEP) Diabetes support group as we recognise people live with diabetes for years and so need on-going support and advice.