This is aimed at those of you with long term health conditions who usually attend the Practice for regular health checks.
Unfortunately, those with long term health conditions are also more at risk to the coronavirus. We have put in a large number of steps to support all Patients, but at this moment in time, it is still not advisable to come in to the Practice, just for a BP check for example.
Those of you with asthma will know that to control your condition and monitor it, a ‘peak flow meter’ is one of those tools. If you do not have one, you can ask for one as a prescription (unless you prefer to buy one) when your review is due. Once you have it, we can arrange an asthma check on video consultation where our Practice Nurse can teach you how to use it and complete your asthma review to save you coming in.
Unfortunately, blood pressure monitors are not available on prescription. We normally have a limited number we can lend, but some of our patients have unfortunately not bought them back to the Practice so currently we have no more to lend out.
The British Heart Foundation recommends that everyone should have one of their own. You can go to their site https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/medical/tests/blood-pressure-measuring-at-home where it talks about what to look for in a BP home monitor and a video to show you how to do it yourself.
Again, your Practice Nurse can make a video call or telephone you in an appointment for your long term condition, having a BP monitor really helps to save you a journey to the Practice.
(It also helps with ‘white coat syndrome’, as you’re doing it yourself in your home environment).
Our team will contact you when you are due for a long term condition review and ask if you have what you need to monitor your condition from home. Let us know if you have any further questions specifically about yourself through our contact forms.
Your team at Mickleover Medical Centre.