"Withdrawal from vital services"
About: NHS Greater Preston CCG NHS Greater Preston CCG PR26 6TR
Posted by Maggie2 (as ),
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes around twenty years ago (I can't remember the exact date) and have been given services of retinal eye screening, podiatry checks and flu vaccinations for all that time. I have followed NHS advice and strictly adhered to a healthy virtually sugar free diet, plus fully maintained lifestyle changes which have enabled me to reduce my blood glucose levels without recourse to mediation - this achievement I have been very proud of.
However, on moving home and having to register with a new GP practice I have been told by my new GP that because my last four blood tests have shown, as a result of my diligence, that my blood glucose levels are lower than that expected of a type 2 diabetic and therefore that I am no longer a type 2 diabetic, that I am now pre-diabetic and no longer entitled to receive flu vaccinations, retinal scans and podiatry checks. This withdrawal of services have caused me great anxiety.
I am afraid for my eyesight and worry terribly about having no protection against the flu virus (I had flu once when I was in my early thirties and it nearly killed me - I was much fitter at that age than I am now). I am not aware that type 2 diabetes can be "cured" by lifestyle and dietary changes, nor by anything else and don't understand why I have been labelled as a none diabetic just for taking care of myself. I believe that the withdrawal of what I consider to be vital services for myself is unfair and dangerous to my health.