Birthday Medical Review

Birthday Medical Review (BMR)

We operate a system where an annual check for patients with chronic conditions is in the same month as their birthday. This makes it easier for patients to remember when their annual review is due.  Eligible patients do not have to wait for an invitation letter as we appreciate patients booking their annual checks in the month of their birthday. 

If patients are happy to receive a text message on their mobile phone we can send a reminder a few weeks in advance.

Who is eligible for a BMR?

Patients who have one or more of the conditions listed below, or a related condition which requires regular checks.

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Ischaemic heart disease (angina or a previous heart attack)
  • Pre-diabetes or Impaired glucose tolerance (borderline blood sugar)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (a previous stroke or mini stroke)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • History of gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy)
  •  Rheumatoid arthritis (or similar kind of joint disorder)
  • Thyroid disease or history of (either overactive or underactive thyroid)
  • Atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm)
  • Taking certain medication which need monitoring

Please note that even if a patient is not taking medication currently, regular checks are important.  This is not a medication review, it is a medical review of the patient's health. Failure to make this appointment may affect repeat prescriptions (if taking medication).

The BMR is usually a 20 minute appointment with one of our Health Care Assistants. Blood samples will be taken and a patient's sample of urine will need to be brought to the appointment.   Any clean container can be used or a container can be collected from reception in advance.

Patients with Diabetes will first need to book a 20 minute appointment with the Health Care Assistant for their blood tests, BP and foot check at least a week in advance of their diabetes review appointment with the Nurse. The diabetes appointment with the Nurse is usually 20 minutes, and patients need to bring their urine sample to that appointment.

If a patient is housebound (i.e. unable to attend hairdressing appointments etc. ) they would need to inform us and a home visit by the district nursing team will be arranged.

If patients normally attend the hospital for checks we would still like to see them here at the surgery for this very important health check.

Once patients have had their health check, their records will be reviewed by one of the doctors (within 3 weeks from the original appointment) and if they are taking medication this will be updated on their repeat prescription. 

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