Tisbury Surgery News February 2023

 

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Did you know someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes?

Being diagnosed early is so important for all types of diabetes. It can save lives, prevent a medical emergency, and reduce the risk of life-changing complications later. Many people have type 2 diabetes without realising, this is because symptoms do not necessarily make you feel unwell.

 

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include

  • Passing urine more frequently than usual, particularly at night.
  • Feeling thirsty all the time.
  • Feeling very tired.
  • Losing weight without trying to.
  • Itching around genital area, or repeatedly getting thrush.
  • Recurrent urine or skin infections.
  • Cuts or wounds taking longer to heal.
  • Blurred vision.

Please call the surgery if you feel you may have symptoms or developed diabetes. A blood test can also determine whether you might be at risk of developing diabetes. 

 

Do you already have Diabetes?

A new year is often a time when we re-evaluate and focus on making positive health changes, this can be of great benefit to everyone especially those with a diagnosis of Diabetes.

 

Top Tips to improve your diabetes

  • Give up smoking: Support to help you with this can be found at your GP practice, Pharmacy, www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking or by downloading the fee NHS Quit Smoking app.
  • Keep Active: Try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week or visit your GP who may be able to refer you to the Active Health scheme for a structured exercise programme.
  • Eat well: Chose healthier Carbs and Fats, Eat less processed and red meat, Cut down on sugar, Eat more fruit and Veg, Eat less salt. Further information can be found on the Diabetes UK website
  • Lose weight if you are overweight: Support to help you lose weight may be available from your GP practice by way of a digital weight loss programme or referral to a Healthy Us programme. Please enquire at the surgery for more info.
  • Drink alcohol sensibly: Too much alcohol can lead to poor diabetic control, raised blood pressure, worsening nerve damage, dehydration and certain cancers and heart disease. For more advice visit the Drink Aware website
  • Manage your diabetes: Make sure you attend for regular reviews when invited. Ensure you take your medication as prescribed and monitor your blood sugar if you have been advised to do so. Diabetes UK is an excellent resource and covers all aspects on living with diabetes.
 

Important Surgery News

Unfortunately, there have been instances recently of rubbish being dumped in the surgery car park in the evenings and at weekends.  
There are also often occasions when cars are parked in the car park all weekend. We would like to remind everyone that the surgery car park is not a public car park.  

We have discussed the issue of liability with our insurance company and have decided that we must now regrettably install equipment to allow closure of the car park when it is not being used by clinicians and patients. Hopefully this work will be completed within the next few weeks.  

Published: Feb 3, 2023