Padgate Medical Centre

Padgate Medical Centre, 12 Station Road South, Padgate, Warrington | Tel: 01925 815333 | WARCCG.padgatemc@nhs.net | Sorry, we're closed

Woolston Branch Surgery, Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Hall, Woolston, Warrington | Tel: 01925 813144 | WARCCG.padgatemc@nhs.net | Sorry, we're closed

NHS

Diabetes

Diabetic Health Care Essentials

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high.

There are 2 main types of diabetes:

  • type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin

Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.

Important

The 2020/21 flu jab is now available.

Flu can be very serious if you have diabetes. Ask for your free NHS flu jab at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a local pharmacy that offers the service

Pre-diabetes

Many more people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes.

This is sometimes known as pre-diabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased.

It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

When to see a doctor

Visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience the main symptoms of diabetes, which include:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  • itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • blurred vision

Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly over weeks or even days.

Many people have type 2 diabetes for years without realising because the early symptoms tend to be general.

Causes of diabetes

The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach).

When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it’s broken down to produce energy.

However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there’s either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.

Although there are no lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight.

Read about how to reduce your diabetes risk.

Living with diabetes

If you’re diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll need to eat healthily, take regular exercise and carry out regular blood tests to ensure your blood glucose levels stay balanced.

You can use the https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ to check whether you’re a healthy weight.

You can find apps and tools in the NHS Apps Library to help you manage your diabetes and have a healthier lifestyle.

People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also require regular insulin injections for the rest of their life.

As type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, medication may eventually be required, usually in the form of tablets.

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Diabetic eye screening

Everyone with diabetes aged 12 or over should be invited to have their eyes screened once a year.

If you have diabetes, your eyes are at risk from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it’s not treated.

Screening, which involves a half-hour check to examine the back of the eyes, is a way of detecting the condition early so it can be treated more effectively.

Read more about diabetic eye screening.

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Patient Participation Group

Friends & Family Test

  • We would like you to think about your recent experiences of our service.

Tell us your comments on E-consult

  • How likely are you to recommend E-consult Online service to friends and family if they need similar care or advice?
  • Were you contacted by the practice about your E-consult request in the stated timeline?
  • How did you hear about the E-Consult service?
  • Do you feel your query was resolved?
  • How do you rate the service?
  • Were you offered E-consult when you contacted the surgery?

Patient Survey 2020 How are we doing

  • Padgate Medical Centre

    Dear Patient, We are asking patients to fill in this survey so we can monitor if changes we have made in delivery of services has helped them in accessing care or advice from the surgery. Thank you for taking time to respond. The Partners and Team.
  • Approximately how often have you been to the surgery in the last year?
  • We provide a text messaging service to help us to contact you for recalls, appointments, reminders. Do you feel that this has helped in receiving information in a timely manner?
  • When you have contacted us by the telephone, have you been satisfied with the advice you have been given when you have phoned to make an appointment?
  • We have introduced EConsult in October 2019. EConsult is an on-line consultation software accessed through the Practice website. Do you feel that it is becoming easier to make contact and to get appropriate advice?
  • When you have seen a GP, have you felt supported and been involved in the health care decisions?
  • When you have seen a member of our Nursing Team, have you felt supported and been involved in the health care decisions?
  • From March 2017, repeat prescriptions can no longer be ordered by the community Pharmacist. Orders can be taken via email, post, or box in reception. Do you feel supported in managing your medication?
  • What is it about the surgery that would lead you to recommend it to friends or other members of your family?
  • So that we can make better use of this survey, it helps us to know your age

Padgate
Medical

  • Monday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Tuesday
    08:00 - 18:30
    Extended Hours 06:15 – 08.00
  • Wednesday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Thursday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Friday
    08:00 - 18:30
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
  • Sunday
    CLOSED

Woolston
Branch

  • Monday
    08:00 - 17.30
  • Tuesday
    08:00 - 17.30
  • Wednesday
    08:00 - 17.30
  • Thursday
    08:00 - 17.30
  • Friday
    08:00 - 13.30
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
  • Sunday
    CLOSED