With regards to healthcare and your own health there are probably many aspects of medical entitlements you are unsure about, hopefully this will give you some answers.
Having diabetes means that you are entitled to free medical prescriptions, including free eye tests with an optician. Annual Diabetes Eye check are performed by the Retinopathy Screening Service and you will be invited to have a photograph taken of your eyes via your GP practice.
There is NO financial help for dental care if you have diabetes. It is not free.
All vaccination and immunisations that are normally recommended are completely safe for people with diabetes. However if you are travelling abroad, you should check with your doctor or travel agent if any additional vaccinations are necessary. (See section on Travelling).
It is strongly recommended that all people with diabetes receive the “Flu Jab” each year.
In the UK if you have diabetes and are over 65 years of age and have certain other medications you are entitled to a FREE “flu jab” (Contact your local GP for details.) Generally you should be invited for a “flu jab” during the winter months October and November each year.
Your diabetes control may be affected temporarily if you have a vaccination or immunisation so you should be more aware and test your blood glucose more often for a few days and adjust your medication as advised. Remember to reduce the dose back to your usual amount when you are feeling better and your blood glucose levels are back to normal.(4-7mmol/l) See our section on During Illness/ Feeling Unwell for advise.
In addition you should know what to expect from your diabetes team knowing how you can best manage your diabetes can make a real difference in the quality of your life. It is important that you receive the health care that you need.
Basic health care should include:
Support managing your diabetes