Diabetes advice

Diabetes advice

There has been a lot of talk in the news today about diabetes and coronavirus.
We’d like to give you a little information about how, as your local pharmacy, we can help and tips on managing your condition.

Depending on the type of diabetes you have and your general health needs, your doctor may have amended the types of medication you take.
If you are worried about this or would like more advice our fully trained pharmacists can give advice or point you in the right direction. Please contact your local pharmacist for advice.

We are working very hard to make sure that you get your medication. If you are self-isolating or shielding you can order your medicines over the phone or online through the Healthera app. We will then deliver this for FREE to your door.
Make sure you plan ahead, please try to order your next prescription at least 14 days before it is due and only order what you need, there is no need to stockpile.

Download Healthera here - https://qoo.ly/363kni

Tips on managing your condition if you have coronavirus symptoms

Please follow the government’s self-isolation guidelines

Follow the advice of your doctor or nurse regarding your medication. If you have any further questions you can contact us.

If you routinely check your blood sugar levels at home you’ll probably need to do this more often if you have coronavirus symptoms.

If you have type 1 diabetes check your blood sugar at least every four hours, including during the night, and check your ketones. If your blood sugar level is high (check your targets) or if ketones are present contact your diabetes team.

Keep eating and drinking. If you can’t keep food down try high carbohydrate snacks or drinks. Try to sip sugary drinks such as fruit juice or non-diet cola or suck sweets like jelly beans to prevent your blood sugars falling.

If you are vomiting or not able to keep fluids down, get medical help as soon as possible.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse do not delay. Contact NHS 111 or if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days then please use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.