Thursday 23 February 2017

Type 2 diabetes patients entitled to two free GP checks a year now

Health Minister Leo Varadkar takes the blood pressure of Paddy Tyndall from Skerries at the launch of the new diabetes programme at Thomas Court Primary Care Centre in Dublin
Health Minister Leo Varadkar takes the blood pressure of Paddy Tyndall from Skerries at the launch of the new diabetes programme at Thomas Court Primary Care Centre in Dublin

Thousands of people with Type 2 diabetes are now entitled to two free checks annually with their GP as part of a new scheme.

The scheme, which starts today and was launched by Health Minister Leo Varadkar and Social Care Minister Kathleen Lynch, is open to people with medical cards and GP visit cards.

Some 31,000 diabetics have already registered - entitling them to a review of their medication, lifestyle factors, a foot and eye analysis, blood pressure and weight checks.

Mr Varadkar said: "This allows patients with Type 2 diabetes to be managed in the community - by their own GP and practice nurse they know - rather than in a hospital clinic where they might have to queue for hours to see a different doctor each time.

"This is better for patients and it also frees up hospital resources for more complex cases. I hope that the diabetes cycle of care service will be used as a model for more chronic diseases to be looked after in the community."

Some 190,000 people have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for over 85pc of these.

Irish Independent

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