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ARE YOU AND YOURS REGISTERED WITH A DENTIST?? "to be entitled to receive your dental care under the NHS, you must be registered with your dentist and the registration needs to be renewed every two years.  The Glens Dental Practice situated in the Medical Centre is accepting new patients of all ages and welcoming back our past patients who registration has lapsed.  Call at the dental reception in the Medical Centre or telephone 028 21771242 for details about your NHS dental registration.

Men ACWY Vaccine: Now available for all young people who were born between 02.07.1998 and 01.07.1999, and for Students up to the age of 25 who will be commencing University in 2016 for the first time, please contact reception to make an appointment.

ANTIBIOTIC REQUESTS: In accordance with NHSCT guidelines, the practice will no longer be able to issue antibiotics for any purpose (ie: coughs, chest infection etc). It will be necessary for the patient to attend either a Nurse or GP for assessment. In the case of a suspected kidney/urine infection a urine sample must be left in for analysis. 

IMPORTANT: ARE YOU AGED 50 OR OVER AND DO YOU SMOKE - If so
You are at risk of Peripheral Vascular Disease
Please see latest news section for full details

In-House Counselling Service
Mr Joe Brogan holds weekly clinics.  These are free of charge to our patients.  If you are interested please speak to your doctor.

Out of Hours
“Dalriada Urgent Care” provides this service. When the medical centre is closed a pre-recorded message will be obtained by phoning 2177 1411 or alternatively you may telephone directly. 028 2566 3500 Please consider that this is an emergency service only

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Diabetes

diabetes word cloudDiabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as diabetes mellitus. There are two types of diabetes - type 1 and type 2.

According to the charity Diabetes UK, more than two million people in the UK have the condition and up to 750,000 more are believed to have it without realising they do.

More than three-quarters of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes mellitus. This used to be known as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or maturity-onset diabetes mellitus. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing as it commoner in the overweight and obese, which is itself a growing problem.

The remainder have type 1 diabetes mellitus, which used to be known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

What's the treatment for diabetes?

It's recognised that the sooner the blood sugar levels are brought under control, the better the long term prospects of preventing damage. Lifestyle advice about diet, weight management and regular activity is the first step.

Type 1 diabetes will require immediate insulin therapy, Type 2 diabetes will first be managed with a drug called Metformin, if lifestyle changes alone aren't effective. There are now several other drugs used in type 2 diabetes, although eventually some type 2 diabetics will need insulin therapy as it's a progressive disease


Diabetes UK - How to take a blood glucose test

There is further information and education on the Diabetes UK Video Site


Useful Links

Diabetes - Healthtalkonline
Healthtalkonline Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.

Type 1 Diabetes
An excellent resource with useful information and references relating to Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes
A useful resource regarding Type 2 Diabetes. Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK
Largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition

NHS Choices
Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Diabetes


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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