As you may know, the entire of the NHS has had to work very differently since the Spring of last year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. This has applied to the whole of general practice as well as hospital care across the whole country. Because of this, routine checks for long term health conditions, such as diabetes had been suspended as part of the National NHS response to the pandemic.
Now that the NHS is now gradually returning to some kind of normality, our surgery is gradually reintroducing routine diabetes checks for our patients. This is not going to be easy for the surgery (and surgeries across the country) because a large proportion of our diabetic patients will have missed out on their checks, and at the same time we have to deal with the very increased demand being placed upon this surgery for our GP services.
We are planning to restart diabetic reviews in a fair and systematic way for our large number of diabetic patients. We shall aim to review diabetic patients who are at higher risk of medical complications as a priority. We will then shift our focus onto those patients who have diabetes who are less complex and have a lower risk of complications. This is likely to take some time and you can be reassured that you will be contacted by our team.
The review will consist of a visit to the practice for blood tests, blood pressure check and routine check, followed by a review by either the practice nurse or doctor.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Doctors and Nurses of Westfield and Sedlescombe Surgeries