What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the blood glucose (sugar) levels become too high. This may be caused by the pancreas not producing enough insulin or because the cells in the body do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Insulin is a hormone that stops blood sugar from getting too high.
Once you are diagnosed with diabetes it is important to reduce the blood glucose levels and maintain a healthy lifestyle, as all the cells in the body can be damaged by high glucose levels. Diabetes can put you at higher risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke, eye, kidneys and nerve damage.
Our Diabetic clinic is held every Monday afternoons by appointment only.
The clinic is run by our Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Janet Thomas and Dr Iqbal. Dietician, Mrs Julia Evans is also available most Mondays to provide diet and lifestyle advice.
Around two weeks prior to clinic attendance patients are called in for an information gathering appointment (blood test, BP check, urine check, lifestyle questions and a foot check (annual)). A results letter is then sent to the patient, allowing them to go through their results in preparation for their follow up appointment with either Janet Thomas or Dr Iqbal. This letter also reminds you of your review clinic appointment date and time.