All patients with a chronic disease are required to have an annual review. The purpose of the review is to ensure patients are taking the right medication and their condition is being managed.
Annual reviews are conducted for a range of conditions including, but not limited to:
- Asthma/Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cardiovascular/Heart Disease including Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Failure and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Learning Disabilities
- Mental Health
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs)
We encourage our patients to take an active role in helping to manage their own conditions, but it is helpful to attend the practice at least once a year for a review.
The majority of annual reviews are normally carried out by our nursing team. You may need two appointments; one with a Healthcare Assistant and one with a Practice Nurse or Pharmacist.
Patients are invited for their annual review.
At Your Appointment
At your appointment the Health Care Assistant (HCA) will do any tests and checks that may be needed for your review. These may involve:
- Body Mass Index (Height and weight)
- Blood tests
- Blood pressure and pulse
- Diabetic foot check
- Inhaler technique
- Lifestyle and dietary advice
- Medication review
The HCA will then inform you of the next steps, which may involve a follow-up appointment with a practice nurse.
Before Your Appointment
If you suffer from diabetes, pre-diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or hypertension please make sure you bring a urine sample to your appointment. Specimen bottles can be picked up from reception if needed.
It is important to attend your review appointment so we can ensure your condition is properly controlled and managed. If you run out of your repeat medication and have not had a review, we may not be able to re-authorise your repeat medication.