Dr. S. Ball and Nurse Amanda Sheppard have a diploma in Diabetes Management which enables the practice to offer all aspects of diabetic monitoring (We are also currently training Nurse Carole Potts to a similar level). This includes medication management including starting insulin and the newer injectable therapies for diabetes. We can also advise on healthy eating, weight loss and physical activity to help you manage your diabetes.
All patients with diabetes are offered an annual review which includes blood tests, BP checks, foot checks and a discussion about management. Most diabetics need smaller reviews in-between these which will be decided on an individual basis.
We participate to the diabetes eye screening programme and all patients will be invited for an annual eye examination (including photograph).
Some patients are seen at a hospital diabetes clinic (children, patients with complex problems, some patients with type 1 diabetes). We would still aim to see these patients annually as we are involved in prescribing medication. We however would not duplicate tests.