Our surgery offers chronic disease monitoring to all of our patients who suffers from one or a combination of the following illnesses:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, history of stroke…)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Primary prevention (pre diabetes)
When you are invited for your review you should bring your inhalers with you (in case of asthma and COPD) so your technique can be assessed. Different inhalers are inhaled using different techniques depending on their ingredients.
You might also be asked to have a blood test (especially if suffering from diabetes and heart disease) in order to establish your current values of blood sugar and cholesterol.
When you see either a doctor or a nurse for your review, you will be asked a number of questions and we might need to take a number of measurements (mainly weight, height, blood pressure, pulse, peak flow) so we can establish if your lifestyle and medication are working well for you.
There is a great misconception amongst many patients that medication by itself should eliminate/control the illness. It is scientifically proven that whilst medication itself is there to reduce/control patients symptoms, an effective control cannot be maintained if the patient will not try and eliminate/decrease the contributing factors (such as stop smoking if suffers from asthma or COPD, or try reduce weight if suffers from a heart disease or diabetes).