West Suffolk Diabetes Service
This clinic takes place at St. Leonard's Hospital on the 1st 2nd and 5th Thursday mornings in the month.
St Leonard's Hospital
St Leonard’s Hospital was built in 1876 as a voluntary hospital and provides the town with outpatient and X-Ray facilities. The Mental Health Unit of the Mid Anglia Community Health Trust and the local GPs’ night service (Westdocs) operate their services for the Sudbury area from the site.
Planning is at an advanced stage to replace both Walnuttree and St Leonard’s with single community hospital based on a site at Harps Close Meadow in Sudbury
The Diabetes ‘outreach’ Clinic is held at St Leonard’s in Sudbury to bring diabetes services at the West Suffolk Hospital closer to home for people attending
On arrival you will be asked for a sample of urine, which you should bring with you. Please bring a list of medication that you are currently taking plus any record of your diabetes care e.g. blood sugar record. Your weight will be measured by the Nurse. Mr Rodney Sinclair will obtain a finger prick blood sample for glycated Haemoglobin (HbA1c) which is analysed immediately. A blood pressure check will be performed before before you see the doctor.
Staff at the clinic:
Dr Nishan Wijenaike - Consultant Physician
Mrs Liz Hartley - Diabetes Specialist Nurse
Mr Rodney Sinclair - Senior MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer)
Kwai and Ann (above)
Rodney Sinclair (right)
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’. There are usually over 50 patients attending this clinic on a Wednesday morning.
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 often leads to a long waiting period. We understand entirely this can be frustrating and often inconvenient as you may have other commitments to attend to. Managing outpatient appointments in order to maintain efficiency and to maximize the use of doctors time is a difficult and challenging task and we would welcome any suggestions!
When you have finished you may be required to provide an additional blood sample. This sample will be obtained from your arm and will be used to measure your kidney function and/or cholesterol. You may also need to provide a sample of urine for measurement of protein. Remember to book your next appointment -most people who have diabetes are seen at six-monthly or yearly intervals.
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