The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are carrying out a consultation exercise with a view to bringing in legislation regarding standards and people with diabetes by January 2013.
If you have diabetes where you are using insulin, then it is important to check your blood glucose levels before driving. Diabetes UK also suggest having a break from driving every two hours, testing again and if necessary having a snack. This is to avoid the condition known as hypoglycaemia.
Hypoglycaemia is where diabetics can have a low blood sugar level. Symptoms include palpitations, sweating, dilated pupils, blurred vision and in extreme cases loss of consciousness. Even early symptoms when treated can take up to an hour to resolve.
Guidance will be issued once the standards become law but it will be similar to drink or under the influence of drugs while driving if you were unlucky enough to have an accident.
FLU VACCINATION INFORMATION
This year GGHB is running the flu vaccination service.
If you are over 65, then please wait for your letter from the NHS. That will give you the date, time and venue . (Younger patients e.g. 65 year olds are being vaccinatedfirst) It’s also important to point out that the over 65 vaccine is different from the one given to the under 65’s and also different from the one that may be available on a private basis. The under 65’s at risk e.g. asthmatics those with diabetes etc willeither be done at their GP practice or again at a hub.
If you are under 65 and a carer please contact the pharmacy on 0141 633 3868 or firstname.lastname@example.org where you can book in for a vaccine. Unfortunately our private service is at capacity just now and we have a waiting list