Type 1 Diabetes

Information for patients who have Diabetes during this time of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

In line with Government advice, The Castle Medical Group and all GP practices in Clitheroe, Slaidburn, Sabden and Whalley have reduced face to face contact with patients to reduce the risk of spreading the viral illness COVID 19 (Coronavirus). For this reason, we have not been arranging face to face reviews with our patients. However, we very much want to support you over this difficult period, and our doctors and nurses are available for advice over the telephone and we can also arrange video consultations. If, following assessment, we feel our patients need a face to face assessment then we can arrange this. We are currently conducting face to face appointments at Clitheroe Community Hospital.

You will have read information that certain groups of patients are at increased risk from Covid-19 and this includes patients with diabetes. The best ways to look after yourself are to:

• Maintain social distancing or shielding as appropriate and follow the guidelines re handwashing and reducing the risk of infection in general.

• Try to keep blood sugars stable by reducing stress, eating well and regularly and sleeping well.

• If you test blood sugars, do this regularly.

• If you have any concerns about your diabetes, please contact the practice.

• If you develop a fever, shortness of breath or dry cough and you are concerned about these symptoms, please contact the Covid-19 Service via 111.

Below are links to some information which gives further guidance on what to do if you become unwell, and you have Diabetes.

13.12.21

Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme.

The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

Please do not contact the practice over any vaccination queries or try to book through the practice as this will stop patients with medical conditions being able to get through.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.

We will be working with all our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All these appointments will be added to the National Booking System. We encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with The Castle Medical Group, there are no changes at the current time, and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme or to book:

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS

Or call 119.