Chronic Disease Management (CDM)
(Diabetes, Heart Disease, Asthma, COPD – Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease)
In early 2020, the HSE and the Irish College of General Practitioners launched a new programme aimed at providing the best health possible to people living with chronic illnesses. The first group of people to whom this service is people aged 70 or over, who have diabetes or chronic lung disease (such as asthma or COPD) or heart disease.
Patients eligible for this programme will automatically be invited to participate, including those who have previously attended our diabetic and Heartwatch clinics. For those not eligible for the new programme, we will offer chronic care as before.
The practice has a tradition of delivering high quality care for our diabetic patients. Best treatment of diabetes has been shown to significantly reduce the possibility of serious complications. Poorly controlled diabetics have a higher risk of suffering from heart attacks, visual problems, kidney failure foot problems. However, people who suffer from diabetes can live a healthy life and minimise the chance of falling victim to these illnesses.
Our aim is that all diabetic patients of the practice will be offered a comprehensive assessment twice a year. This will look at all aspects of care including not just their medical treatment, but also lifestyle advice and other preventative care. Appropriate examinations of feet, heart, eyes and blood pressure as well as relevant blood tests will be part of this assessment.
If you or your relation are a diabetic patient of this practice and have not yet been contacted, please talk to your doctor or nurse about this.
Heart disease is a major cause of both illness and death in Ireland. In 2001, GPs in the North East were the first to launch this initiative, now standard across Ireland. This service is available to our patients who have suffered a significant “cardiac event”. You should have a check evey 6 months if you have ever suffered a heart attack or have undergone heart bypass surgery or angioplasty.
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and Asthma are common conditions which can affect breathing at different stages through life. These conditions may change for better or worse in an individual. Therefore we recommend that all sufferers are reviewed regularly to ensure that the right treatments are being delivered by the right means. Advances in testing and treatment may allow for better control of chest problems and better quality of life.
If you are a heavy smoker or suffer from cough or breathlessness, you may benefit from a simple breathing test. This is called spirometry and can be done here in the practice. We would advise you to discuss this with your doctor