This clinic is run by the practice nurse in conjunction with a specialist diabetic nurse from Beaumont for patients with type 2 (mature onset) diabetes. It is open to all patients with type 2 diabetes, no matter which hospital or none, they may have attended.
The practice nurse calls the registered patients for a review. She carries out routine blood tests like blood sugar, HbA1C, kidney and liver function tests: she checks blood pressure: monitors circulation and sensation in patients’ feet, gives dietetic advice: she reviews patients monitoring of their blood glucose: ensures referral/review at other clinics / outpatients / consultants. This is covered (excluding bloods) if you hold a medical card otherwise there is a charge.
An ECG is a machine which measures the electrical activity of your heart. The doctor may recommend an ECG test for you for symptoms such as chest pain and palpitations. The test can be carried out for a range of reasons to assess your heart health. The test is carried out by the practice nurse and the result is evaluated by the GP and any follow-up actions will be discussed with you.