What does Frome Medical Practice offer?
Frome Medical Practice has a dedicated team who help to support patients with Diabetes.
Patients with Diabetes can access the following support and information.
Patients receive a full annual review.
You will first be invited to come into the practice and see a Health Care Assistant (HCA) face to face. The HCA will check the health of your feet, and will then take a blood sample and a blood pressure reading.
You will be invited to get your results from a Diabetic Nurse at a Video Group Clinic. Find out more about our Diabetes Video Group Clinic by clicking here.
In some circumstances, for example where a patient has more than one long term condition, we may arrange for you to speak with a member of our team separately to the Video Group Clinic.
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme will help you take control of your health, supporting you to make changes to your diet, weight and the amount of physical activity you do. If you have been told you are pre-diabetes and / or have received an invite letter, please self-refer to this programme. Find out more by clicking the link here:
MYWAY Diabetes - online platform
Patients from Frome Medical Practice who have diabetes are encouraged to use the MYWAY Diabetes online platform, which aims to support people with diabetes, as well as their family and friends. Find out more about MYWAY Diabetes by clicking here.
Diabetic Eye Screening
In addition to the annual check within the Practice, patients with diabetes will be invited to an annual Diabetic Eye Screening appointment.
If you have Diabetes and are aged 12 or over you’ll receive a letter every year inviting you to this appointment.
This programme is coordinated by Somerset Partnership NHS Trust – more information here. Appointments are generally held at Frome Community Hospital for this service.
Education Session Recording
In our Education Session recording, Dr Rob Taylor and Jo Fordham, from the Health Connections Team, share some simple diet principles to help patients manage Type 2 Diabetes. The aim of these principles is to lose weight, reverse Diabetes and reduce medication use.
The session is aimed at anyone with Type 2 Diabetes or Prediabetes, those with an interest in Type 2 Diabetes or people who are a carer of someone with the condition.
Prediabetes is when someone has a blood sugar level above the normal range but not high enough to be diagnosed as having Diabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range then your risk of developing full blown Diabetes is increased. We encourage you to watch the recording of the education session if we find that you have Prediabetes.
Other support available
Types of Diabetes
There are two different types of Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood to become too high. Daily injections of insulin help to keep blood glucose levels under control. Type 1 Diabetes isn’t linked with age or lifestyle. You can read more about Type 1 Diabetes here and here.
Type 2 Diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. Patients may need to change their diet and take medication to manage the condition. Type 2 Diabetes is often link to being overweight or inactive or having a family history of Type 2 Diabetes. You can read more about Type 2 Diabetes here and here.
Local and National Support
Local and national information on Diabetes is available on the Health Connections Mendip website here. For information and support on preventing Diabetes and living with the condition visit the Diabetes UK website here.
Diabetic Eye Screening Information
Information on the Diabetic Eye Screening programme is available here.
INDEX - Services
- Audiology / Hearing
- Breast Screening
- Care Coordination Hub
- Cervical Screening
- Childhood Immunisations
- Chlamydia Screening
- Contraception / Family Planning
- Ear Syringing
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Electronic Prescription Service
- Flu Vaccination
- Group Consultations
- Health Connections Mendip
- Healthy Child Programme
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Maternity Care
- Medical Examinations
- Mental Health
- Minor Surgery
- Musculoskeletal / Orthopaedic Service
- NHS Health Checks
- Patient Support and Information
- Respiratory Assessment
- Summary Care Record
- Support to Stop Smoking
- Test and Results
- Travel Advice
- Warfarin Monitoring
- Young Person's Clinic
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