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Welcome to Arbury Road Surgery

Doctor Link

 

DoctorLink is our new online service where you can access advice and request appointments on line.

 

Registration is simple and you can register here https://app.doctorlink.com/arburyroadsurgery/register

The symptom checker will ask you a number of questions to help to identify your problem.

 

The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether emergency care, your GP, nurse or self care.

 

If your outcome indicates that an appointment is required, you simply click on the request appointment link.

 

Once the request has been submitted, you will then be contacted by the Practice Team, to arrange an appointment within the identified timeframe (as outlined in the outcome of your symptom checker).

 

The information you provide will be shared with our clinical team (where appropriate) and will assist in providing robust information of your problem to the required clinical team member prior to your appointment.

 

 

Ramadan advice for those with diabetes

 Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is when Muslims devote themselves to their faith and fast from sunrise to sunset, it is from Sunday 5 May until Tuesday 4  June 2019. 

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The Ramadan fasting period is obligatory for almost all Muslims, although certain groups are exempt for health and other reasons, some people with diabetes are keen to observe the fast. The long daylight hours in the UK at this time of the year can make it a challenging time.

Dr Jessica Randall-Carrick, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Diabetes Clinical Lead, said,

“Those with diabetes who fast are at risk of experiencing high and low blood glucose levels.  They also need to be aware that there are changes to the body during fasting, so they may need to change when and how they take any medication that they rely on. To help people to fast safely, people with diabetes should seek advice from their specialist diabetes team or speak to their community pharmacist for individual advice.”

Joanne McDonald Clinical Dietetic Manager for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust adds,

“Diabetes UK has highlighted that long fasts of 15 hours or more can put people at higher risk of hypoglycaemia and dehydration, which can make you ill”.

The following tips may be useful:

  • Check your blood glucose levels more frequently than you normally would. 

  • When breaking your fast, have only small amounts of food and avoid only eating sweet or fatty foods.

  • Where possible try to eat just before sunrise when you commence the next day’s fast.

  • Reduce your carbohydrate content (this has the most impact on blood glucose levels).

  • Use healthier cooking methods – try baking rather than frying.

  • Choose healthier food options where possible (balanced meals with vegetables and salad).

  • Hydration – at the end of your fast you should drink plenty of sugar-free fluids.       

Diabetes UK has produced useful guidance to help people to fast safely, which can be found at https://www.diabetes.org.uk/resources-s3/2017-09/1118A_Ramadan%20Factsheet_Update_April2017_amended.pdf

04/04/2019

 

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