Long Term Disease

The care of patients with long term medical conditions involves many members of our practice team, as well as involving and educating patients themselves on how they can best share in the decisions and treatment of their illness. Examples include Diabetes, Heart Disease, Asthma, COPD, Hypothyroidism ("underactive thyroid") and High Blood Pressure.

Clinics are run reguarly by our practice nurses, who will also liase with one of the doctors if any changes are required to your treatment or if further assessment is required. 

Patients with a chronic illness are seen at least every 12 months, although this can often be much more frequently in the case of conditions like Diabetes. The appointments may involve certain tests, such as a blood tests, breathing tests or a Blood pressure check- but don't worry as everything is explained by the nurse. These check-ups are also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about your care, or report any problems or side-effects with your treatment.

Don't forget, a variety of patient information leaflets can be obtained here at the surgery from the Health Information Room. This is located in the waiting room area next to reception. Here you will also find a Blood Pressure machine for use by patients whenever they want- whether you have a diagnosis or High Blood Pressure or just want to check it yourself- although always ask to speak to a GP or nurse if you are unsure about the result. Full instructions are abailable and no appointment required.

If you are new to the practice, or think that you may have an undiagnosed Chronic Illness, please contact the surgery for an appointment with a doctor. He or she will then arrange the appropriate tests if required. And once a condition is confirmed we will advise you on what treatment you might need and how frequently you will need to be seen at the surgery.

Patient information leaflets can also be read and downloaded to print by visiting the website Patient UK.