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Long Term Conditions Annual Health Reviews

Please contact us in the month before your birthday to book all Long Term Conditions review appointments during the month of your birthday.  You may need to see more than one clinician (GP and/or Nurses) however we will combine appointments where we can.  We hope this will make it easy for you to remember and to get your health fully reviewed in a timely fashion.

We recommend an Annual Review if you are currently suffering from one or more of the following Long Term Conditions:

NHS Choices information is available by clicking on the condition's name in the LTC column.  You might also want to look at our Long Term Conditions page (under Your Health in the website footer)

LTCNotes
Asthmaif currently on medication, i.e. inhaler prescription issued by us in the last 12 months
COPDplease complete the COPD Assessment Test (available in other languages online) and bring a printed copy to your review appointment
CHDCoronary Heart Disease
Dementia 
Diabetes 
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Read Blood Pressure reading FAQs.  Home blood pressure monitoring is recommended - guidance available here  (1 page pdf).  Lifestyle guidance is available on the patient.info website.

Learning Disabilities 
specific Mental Health conditions:Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and/or Psychosis
Stroke / TIA Transient Ischaemic Attack
Rheumatoid Arthritis 

An annual review is also advisable if you have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) however these diseases are often secondary to other long term conditions such as Diabetes so you may not be aware that you have been diagnosed with these conditions or that we have been monitoring them.

You will be advised at your annual review to book additional appointments if your condition needs further management.  We no longer advise you to routinely book interim checks, such as mid-year checks of HbA1c for diabetics or mid-year blood pressure checks.

Our receptionists will be able to advise you what Long Term Conditions you have been diagnosed with and what appointments you will require.  Many conditions need annual blood tests – these should be combined into one 10 minute appointment with a Health Care Assistant (HCA) approximately two weeks before your review appointment.

If you are transitioning to this system from a non-birth month recall date, there may be a shorter or longer than usual gap from your last review to your birthday month.  Our receptionists will be able to advise you of the best date to book your next review, dependent on your birth month and last review date, or see our guidance for 2018/19 (1 page pdf)

 


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