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New Chronic Disease Annual Review Invite System:

Dear Patient

Thank you for taking the time to read this section of the website. You will likely have been directed here having received an ‘Annual Review Invite’ text message with a reference number. If so, please refer to the corresponding template letters at the bottom of this page.

Each year we invite in over 2,500 patients for an annual chronic illness review. These are for a range of conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular/heart disease (including high blood pressure (hypertension), heart failure, peripheral arterial disease and atrial fibrillation)

  • Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs which are commonly referred to as ‘mini strokes’)

  • Diabetes

  • Respiratory diseases (including asthma and COPD)

  • Mental health

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

This can put significant demand on the practice and for you, our patients, it can sometimes be unclear when such a review is due. A few years ago we introduced a phased scheme where we would invite people in for this review in their birthday month; this is now due to take full effect from April 2019.

Patients with Asthma and/or COPD will be asked to book into the appropriate respiratory clinic. Well controlled asthmatics will be offered a telephone review where available.

For many patients, especially those with diabetes or cardiovascular illness, you will be invited in for a 20 minute Health Care Assistant Annual Review. This will include (but is not limited to) a blood pressure check, BMI, blood test, lifestyle advice and if required a diabetic foot check. If you see one of the clinical team for another purpose throughout the year, it may well be that your review can be completed at that time and therefore you may not be invited to this clinic appointment.

Following the appointment, non-diabetics will be provided with a leaflet summarising their assessment. The results of blood tests taken at that appointment will then be reviewed by a clinician and you will be advised accordingly if any further action is required.

If you are one of our patients with diabetes, you won't receive a copy of any results at this appointment but be asked to collect your ‘Year of Care’ (YOC) results from our Surgery Reception Desk from 5 days later. We will no longer be posting out these results. When you collect your YOC, you will be asked to book in for your diabetic review. Well controlled diabetics will have the option to book an annual telephone review rather than a face to face appointment. Any interim reviews (eg following medication changes) will be given a review appointment with the appropriate Nurse or GP outside of the Diabetic Clinic.


Dr Hird & Dr Hambleton


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