As your GP surgery we play a significant role in managing your long-term condition. We believe in working with you and specialists in the community to provide holistic, personal, and high-quality care.
Long term conditions or chronic diseases are conditions for which there is currently no cure, and that are managed with drugs and other treatments.
All patients with a long-term condition should have an annual review (or ‘health MOT’). The first part of this is witha health care assistant or a nurse. At this appointment we will take a blood sample, check your blood pressure, and update other health data.
A GP will review your results, looking at your medical history and medications, and consider how together we could improve your health/management of your LTC. This may include health advice, medication changes or referrals to a community service.
Your second contact with us will be to share and discuss the GP’s recommendations with you. This appointment will also be with a healthcare assistant or a nurse. If you have more than one long term condition, we aim to make this second appointment with a nurse or GP.
Due to coronavirus we had to pause bringing in some patient’s in for their annual reviews. We have now restarted these reviews but they are currently either remote appointments (by phone or text) or at the surgery but with minimal contact so to minimise risk. This includes wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), increasing ventilation in the room (keeping the door open) and keeping the appointment as short as possible.
To keep the appointment as short as possible and to minimise contact at the surgery we please ask that you complete any healthcare questionnaire sent to you (by texts or letter) by the surgery prior to your appointment. This can help the Doctors and Nurses to decide whether you need to be seen face to face.
Minimising risk of coronavirus must be balanced with the risk of not looking after your health, therefore we strongly encourage you to attend if we ask.
Long Term Conditions Health Information
Temple Fortune Medical Group
23 Temple Fortune Lane