This is a general diabetes clinic held by Dr Gurnell at Newmarket Hospital on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2pm.
On arrival you will be asked for a sample of urine, which you should bring with you. Your weight will be measured and you will have a finger prick blood test for glycated Haemoglobin (HbA1c), before seeing the doctor. Please bring a list of medication that you are currently taking plus any record of your diabetes care e.g. blood sugar record.
You may encounter the following members of the diabetes team who conduct this clinic (see Staff page for photographs).
Dr Ellie Gurnell – Consultant
Sue Griggs - Diabetes Specialist Nurse
You will be seen by one of the doctors and any of the other staff either you may wish to see, or as advised during the consultation. You may be asked to have a further blood test at the Path lab before you go home. This blood sample may be taken from your forearm unlike the first sample which was a ‘finger prick test’.
Appointments are booked at 10 minute intervals so you would be allocated about 10 minutes for your consultation. If your doctor needs to spend more time with you he or she will certainly do so. This unfortunately impacts on the next patient who has to wait until you have finished. The additional minutes spent in this way tend to add up over the course of a busy clinic and can lead to a long waiting period. We understand entirely this can be frustrating and often inconvenient as you may have other commitments to attend to. However, by increasing the clinic frequency to twic a month we have been able to significantly reduce the waiting times.
Please note if you miss 2 appointments in a row, no further appointment will be offered without a new referral from your GP.
Updated: November 2007