Diabetes Medscheck

A pharmacist will review and discuss the best ways to manage your type 2 diabetes and get the most out of your medicines.

You will be provided with comprehensive information about your medications, including:

  • What they are used for
  • How they should be taken and stored
  • How they can affect other conditions
  • Information specifically regarding your diabetes, and how to get the most out of your medicines

Do you know how to pull yourself out of a hypo?

  1. Have 15 grams of fast-acting carbohydrates (jellybeans, soft drinks etc.)
  2. Wait 15 minutes and re-check your blood glucose levels to see if your BGL has risen above 4mmol/L (if not, repeat step 1)
  3. Eat a snack or meal with longer acting carbohydrate (bread, fruit etc.)

Telehealth medication review

In order to minimise the risk of any disease transmission during COVID-19, a medication review consultation can be conducted using a process known as telehealth. This means that the process will be done over the telephone or via a video call. This may be your own device or perhaps one of your friends or relatives can provide one.

The pharmacist will arrange which method is best for you and will provide you with details of how they will contact you at the time arranged. Another family member, or support person, may be present if that is desirable for you.

At the telehealth medication review it would be helpful if you:

  1. Have all of your medicines out, including any over the counter medicines, eye drops, creams, herbal medicines and vitamins
  2. Have a list of your medicines present if you have one
  3. Have a list of questions you would like to ask the pharmacist about your medicines
  4. If you undertake your own blood pressure readings or blood glucose readings these can also be useful to have at hand to discuss with the pharmacist.

General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.

Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.