Long Term Conditions (LTC) are health conditions that can impact on a person’s life, and may require ongoing care and support. We organise appointments and provide support for people by putting in place a way of working called ‘Care and Support Planning’.
What is care and support planning?
This aims to give you the opportunity to get more out of your annual review appointments by planning the way things happen and giving you more information before you see one of our Nurses. It should help you talk about:
- What support you may need
- What is important to you
- What you can do to look after your health and stay well
What does this mean for me?
This means that your care and support planning review will normally take place over two separate appointments and you will have time to think about what you want to get out of these visits.
What happens at the first appointment?
You will be asked to attend the surgery to have a number of tests done with a Practice Nurse or Healthcare Assistant. Tests may include a blood test, weight, blood pressure and, if you are diabetic, a foot check. The Practice Nurse or Healthcare Assistant will either book your next appointment or will ask you to arrange this at Reception.
What happens next?
Your test results should be available when you attend the second appointment and these will be discussed with you, and any appropriate action taken. You will be able to ask questions and talk about what’s important to you and the Nurse will raise any issues they are concerned about.
Additional Support, Advice and Resouces
There are a number of services and resources available that can help you to look after your health and manage your Long Term Condition: