OUR DIABETES SERVICES
Our Diabetes Service is lead by Dr Kenny Loi who has a special interest in Chronic Disease Management.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition caused by a disorder of the body’s glucose metabolism. It can usually be managed with diet and medication, but some patients may need Insulin injections. All diabetics have a risk of complications if the blood glucose is not well controlled.
To prevent these complications we recommend review visits with your GP every 3 months where you will be monitored and your treatment may be adjusted to ensure optimum blood glucose control.
TEAM CARE ARRANGEMENT
It is recommended that diabetics have annual check ups with an optometrist and a podiatrist. Visits to other allied health providers may also be advised such as a dietician and a diabetes educator. Medicare rebates can be obtained for these check ups through a Team Care Arrangement (TCA) which can be organised annually with your GP and provides rebates for a total of five visits in each calendar year.
FREE BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITOR
You may be eligible for a FREE Accucheck monitor which records your blood glucose results. At your appointment the results can be downloaded to your medical records and reviewed by your doctor to assist with treatment. Please ask one of our practice nurses about this service.
One of our practice nurses will organise all of your diabetic appointments, usually 4 times per year (3 monthly visits). Appointments are available throughout the day, in the evening and on Saturday mornings for working patients.
You will be given a pathology form to get a fasting blood glucose test one week before your appointment. Once a year you will need a urine test.
At your appointment you will be seen by the practice nurse first to review your blood results, take your blood pressure, height, weight and organise any other tests which are required.
Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and poor circulation. For diabetics over 45 years, we undertake an annual Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) to check for these conditions.
Our practice nurses will provide a programme of diabetes education covering:
- Nutrition – A low GI, low fat diet is recommended with reduction in portion size if overweight.
- Exercise – Regular daily exercise is recommended.
- Smoking – Diabetics are at higher risk of heart disease and should NOT smoke. Ask your doctor for help to quit.
- Foot Care – Regular checks of your feet are important to avoid complications.
- Sexual Function – Diabetic men can experience erectile dysfunction. Please do not be embarrassed, ask your doctor for help.
ANNUAL CYCLE OF CARE
Please contact reception about fees.