Monitoring your Long Term Condition
We have made some changes to the way we review long-term health conditions this year so please read this information carefully.
Any conditions not requiring a blood test (Asthma and COPD) will be reviewed via a Telephone consultation with a Nurse. Patients may request a face to face appointment if necessary. Before your telephone appointment, it is helpful to have answered a few questions using one of the Assessment forms Asthma Control Test - ACT, Recording your Peak Flow, or COPD Assessment Test - CAT.
Full details of the appointments required for each condition are shown below.
As we try to return to a full service, we ask for your patience and consideration when contacting our Reception Team. If the lines are busy, please try to avoid calling before 11am or between 2pm and 3pm, as these are our busiest periods. Whilst we do our best to have available appointments, if you are unable to get an appointment when you first call us, please do try again in a couple of weeks. Appointments are usually bookable 3 weeks in advance but demand is exceptionally high.
If you do not want to have an appointment this year, it is important to let us know by replying to invitations so we can plan our resources effectively.
** Please remember if you experience any symptoms or feel unwell, please contact the Surgery – do not wait for your annual check up.
What type of appointment do I need?
Diabetes (with or without Hypertension) - 30 minute appointment with a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) – you will then be contacted once results have been reviewed.
Diabetes AND a respiratory condition (Asthma and/or COPD) - 30 minute appointment with a HCA – you will then be contacted once results have been reviewed and you will have a telephone review for your respiratory condition
Asthma - A telephone review appointment with a Nurse
COPD - A telephone review appointment with a Nurse
Hypertension - If you have a home Blood Pressure machine, book a routine blood test appointment and provide readings. If you do not have a home Blood Pressure machine, book a 15 minute appointment with a HCA. You can download a sheet to record Home Blood Pressure readings here: Home Blood Pressure Readings
Chronic Heart Disease, Heart Failure, or Stroke
Patients who do not have any of the above conditions but have been diagnosed with Chronic Heart Disease, Heart Failure, or Stroke will be invited for routine blood tests when the GP or Clinical Pharmacist does their annual medicine review.
Patients who have Pre-Diabetes require an annual blood test to check their condition has not progressed to Diabetes.