Managing your health
Long Term Condition Reviews
Please read this letter carefully as the process for long term condition reviews has changed Long Term Condition Update Letter Feb 2021
As you will be aware, the pressures on the NHS are incredibly high at the moment because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has become apparent that we cannot continue to review your long term conditions in the same way as we did before, and need to do this more remotely.
We have tried hard over the last six months to get patients to send us the information that we need to review them over the phone, such as by patients submitting questionnaires to us with their health information. But although some have been sent back, most are incomplete and are therefore not useful. They are unfortunately causing more problems with chasing up the missing data than they solve.
Thank you if you have sent something back in, and sorry if we haven’t been in touch about it, but it may well be because it was incomplete. If we contact you again over the next few months to attempt this in a different way, please do get in touch as asked.
Did you know that we have:
- 4300 patients with at least one long term condition
- 939 patients with diabetes
- 2149 patients with cardiovascular disease (including heart disease, vascular disease, stroke, kidney disease)
- 2133 patients with high blood pressure
- 975 patients with asthma
- 279 patients with COPD
And lots of people have a number of different long term conditions.
We therefore do spend a lot of time and resources doing these reviews, but for the time being with the pandemic, we are having to concentrate on the higher risk patients, before rolling this out over the next 12-24 months to aim to review everyone annually as normal.
Please therefore bear with us, and do make every attempt to book in for your review if you are asked to, as you will have been contacted because it is important. If we contact you to book in please make sure you respond as soon as possible. If you haven’t been asked to get a review at this stage please don’t book for a review, even if it is your birthday month, but please contact us if you think you need to be reviewed more urgently. In the future, we do plan to get everyone reviewed in the month of their birthday, but this is on hold at present (apart from for asthma and COPD patients).
In the meantime, please continue to do everything that you can to help yourself by following the advice that you have previously been given by your nurse: eating a healthy diet, exercising at healthy levels, avoid smoking, and looking after your mental health.
We are also encouraging people with cardiovascular disease to check their own blood pressure at home. If you are doing this please send it in in writing so that we can record it, even if it’s normal. Cardiovascular diseases include: diabetes, stroke, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, kidney impairment, atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure.
Please use this link to access further healthy lifestyle information:
NHS Health Check Appointments
You may have recently been invited to an NHS Health Check appointment if you are aged between 40 and 74 years old and don’t have any pre-existing health conditions. The appointments are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
Please print and fill out the following form before attending your blood test appointment to allow our clinicians to make use of your appointment time effectively. It is essential that you bring this to your appointment.
Exercising Safely During Ramadan (2021)
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team and the Get Help To Get Active service at One Life Suffolk have produced a comprehensive booklet with lots of helpful ideas on how to exercise safely during Ramadan. This has been co-produced with the Bury St. Edmunds Islamic Cultural Organisation and has been endorsed by the British Islamic Medical Association. It provides lots of tips, information, and guidance around physical activity and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan. Please note that all participants are advised to check with their healthcare professional that it is safe for them to participate in physical activity.