The management of diabetes involves lifestyle changes, medicines to control blood sugar levels as well as medicines to treat or reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes e.g. heart disease.
There is a wide range of tablets, insulins and injectable medications used in the treatment of your diabetes. As a medicines expert, your local pharmacist can help to explain your medications, how they work and offer practical ways of helping you manage your diabetes.
At your local hospital, diabetes clinic pharmacists play a role in medication reviews, assisting doctors and nurses in helping you to manage your condition by making recommendations concerning the medicines you take.
At Altnagelvin Hospital, Omagh Hospital and the South West Acute Hospital, senior specialist pharmacists may have a greater role in your care. At the clinics on these sites the pharmacist may see you at your diabetes clinic visit to work through and revise you medications. Alternatively the doctor or nurse who sees you may bring you back to see the pharmacist at the Cardiovascular Protection Clinic at a different appointment. At this clinic the pharmacist will see you themselves. They will review your medication list and check risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol and try to control them better.
Altnagelvin Hospital: Brendan Moore
Omagh Hospital: Ita Bonner
South West Acute Hospital: Barry Keenan