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 Nurses.
We like to see all people with diabetes twice a year, once during their Annual health check (Clinic D) and then to see the Diabetes Practice Nurse a few weeks afterwards.
You will receive an invite for the annual health check, which is usually around the month of your birthday.
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 a nurse or one of the Doctors.
The practice team
There are 2 Nurses in the team (Sandra and Belinda) and Louise who are able to review patients with Diabetes and organise for the GP to review patient’s results and medication reviews.
The diabetes lead for the practice is Dr Smith.
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 Wharfedale General Hospital or St. James’s.
Self help and support groups
There are 8,760 hours in a year and over a year you will only spend 2 to 3 hours receiving support and advice about your diabetes from professionals. The vast majority of care comes from ‘self care’.
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 PEP Diabetes support group as we recognise people live with diabetes for years and so need on-going support and advice.
Diabetes Support Group
Patients at Leigh View Medical Practice have volunteered to set up and run a monthly Education & Support Group for other patients who have Diabetes. They get professional speakers in, so far including a Consultant, a Dietician, a Heart Failure Nurse, exercise specialists from the university, Diabetes UK and the Jamie Oliver Ministry, etc and their aim is to offer local peer support too.
Click here for further information of how to get involved.