Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. There are 16,000 people in Salford living with diabetes and, if it is not properly controlled, can lead to serious illness.

Below is a summary of the standards for diabetes. 

What you should expect from your GP practice:

  • If you have had test results which points to you having a pre-diabetic condition, but no follow-up appointment, your GP practice will arrange an annual review
  • You will be tested opportunistically and at your annual reviews for signs of pre-diabetes
  • You will be given information about the risk of developing diabetes and advice on making the right choices for diet and exercise
  • If you are diabetic, you will be made aware of the health checks you should have every year, e.g foot and eye checks, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels
  • If you are diabetic, or are at risk, you will have your feet checked at every annual review appointment, where appropriate
  • All new staff will be trained in how to check feet, where appropriate, as they are recruited
  • You will be given the opportunity to take part in your own care-planning
  • You will be given your latest information, including latest test results, before you have your reviews
  • If you are a new patient, you will be offered structured education on managing your diabetes. If you are not a new patient and there is no record of you attending these education sessions, you'll be asked if you want to attend at your annual review appointment
  • You will be provided with support and treatment to help you control your glucose and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, if needed
  • Your GP practice will take part in the National Diabetes Audit (a national audit which measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare) 
  • Clinicians will participate in Outreach Sessions
  • The practice will work with NHS Salford CCG’s diabetes team to develop and put in place an improvement plan if it has been identified as needing additional support

Last reviewed March 2018.