Happy World Diabetes Day – 14th November 2021
The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021-23 is Access to Diabetes Care.
- Millions of people with diabetes around the world do not have access to diabetes care.
- People with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications.
Willow Practice are fortunate to be able to offer you both – we are committed to support you with your journey, whether you have had a recent diagnosis or had diabetes for 30 years, whether you are “on top” of things or need help to get things under control.
There are 537 MILLION people living with diabetes. Willow Practice has 374.
The pandemic (and more recently a blood bottle shortage) has caused significant delays in keeping you all up to date with checks, but we are open for business and keen to get all your checks done.
We are also aware that the pandemic has proven difficult for many of our patients who have struggled emotionally and/or gained weight during the lockdown. We are here and want to help with emotional wellbeing, not just your “numbers”.
Do you KNOW if you are up to date with your checks?
Do you KNOW if your results are in the target range to minimise long term risks?
If not the “KNOW DIABETES” site ( https://www.knowdiabetes.org.uk/) can help – whether it’s signposting you to the best help, eating more healthily or checking yourself – this site, only for North West London patients, can help you make small, practical changes that boost your health and wellbeing. Check it out today – a really worthwhile thing to do on World Diabetic Day!
If you have an email address on our GP records, you can pull across your health information into your very own dashboard to help you be in control and know how to best manage your condition.
For a video showing you how to get this health record access – click here.
There are 9 key care processes that we need to document every year.
Most of our patients know about the importance of blood checks and blood pressures but we find some of the checks, in particular foot checks and urine checks take a little more prompting!
Of our 374 patients, on 13th November 2021:
59 patients haven’t had their blood sugar level checked in the last 13 months
51 patients haven’t had their blood pressure checked in the last 13 months
145 patients haven’t had the urine protein checked in the last 13 months
146 patients haven’t had their foot check in the last 13 months
As for being “on target”:
164 patients had their last blood pressure over 140/80
173 patients had their last sugar (HbA1c) over 58
If you are unsure what you need, or if “on target”, or don’t yet have your annual diabetic care plan, please arrange a review with a GP or Nurse to discuss and plan, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, the Know Diabetes site is also such a great resource – please register with this to learn so much more. If we don’t yet have your email address, the easiest way is to register for online access which will also allow you to order your medication on line and see your health records and results.
We’d love to hear from you – though suspect if you’ve read this far, you are one of our patients that likely are on top of your diabetes and all up to date!
You’ll have been sent this link by email or text message with an attached questionnaire – if you also did this, it’s a way of letting us know how things are going and how you’d like us to communicate with you. Thank you in advance if you do send this back.
And finally – as foot checks and urine checks always seem the last thing for patients to do, please also see below: