Diabetes Clinics

diabetes mellitus with dessertDiabetes care is shared between the GP and the endocrinologist at the hospital. We organise a recall system for annual diabetic review with the doctor and nurse and a 6 monthly review with the nurse. Please contact reception to organise your diabetic review and to register on our recall system.

If you are undiagnosed and you think you have symptoms of diabetes please ask the nurse/doctor to check you for diabetes with a simple blood test.

Symptoms include:

  • passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
  • increased thirst
  • extreme tiredness
  • unexplained weight loss
  • genital itching or regular episodes of thrush
  • slow healing of cuts and wounds
  • blurred vision

In Type 1 diabetes the signs and symptoms are usually very obvious and develop very quickly, typically over a few weeks. The symptoms are quickly relieved once the diabetes is treated and under control.

In Type 2 diabetes the signs and symptoms may not be so obvious, as the condition develops slowly over a period of years and may only be picked up in a routine medical check up. Symptoms are quickly relieved once diabetes is treated and under control.

At your annual review you will have a booked appointment with the nurse to check the following

  • Blood pressure
  • ECG
  • Urine for protein
  • Foot check for nerve/vascular damage
  • Lifestyle advice – diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol status
  • Blood check
  • Check you are on retinopathy recall system
  • Flu /pneumococcal vaccine if indicated

This should be followed up a week later with your GP to review the results and your medications

At the 6 monthly review you will have a booked/walk in appointment with the nurse for

  • Blood pressure
  • Blood test

For more information on diabetes please link to www.diabetes.org.uk or www.diabetes.ie