We are currently setting up a new recall system for all patients with one or more of the following chronic cardiovascular conditions which include patients with CHD (Chronic Heart Disease), HYPERTENSION (High Blood Pressure), DIABETES, CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease), HEART FAILURE, PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease), TIA (Stroke) and also includes patients with RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.
In general, the majority of checks required for monitoring these conditions are the same so to try to make appointments simpler, we have grouped all these patients together under an umbrella title of "Long Term Medical Conditions" and have reserved specially designed appointments for these reviews.
Historically, many of these conditions required monitoring every 6 months but to improve efficient use of nurse time, the doctors have advised that a 9-monthly review is clinically sufficient and our aim is to get patients to the surgery for their "Long Term Medical Condition" review, along with any other review required for things such as ASTHMA, COPD, EPILEPSY or MENTAL HEALTH and even GP review for other medications at the same time. This hopefully, will reduce the amount of trips for review each patient has to make through the year.
First Appointment (10 minutes) will be with the Health Care Assistant who will conduct blood tests, urinalysis and measure your height, weight and blood pressure.
Second Appointment approximately 1-2 weeks later (30 minutes) will be with the practice nurse who will discuss your results with you, conduct any further checks required for your specific condition and review and update your repeat medication. She will set a new recall date for a further 9 months.
The surgery will contact you by either e-mail, telephone or letter to arrange these appointments for you. If you have any questions about these reviews, please contact us and we will be pleased to advise you accordingly.