High Risk of Diabetes

Each year in the UK, 5% to 10% of people diagnosed with pre-diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. People with pre-diabetes will often have no symptoms, but have an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

What is Pre-diabetes?

Pre-diabetes is also called Impaired Glucose Tolerance. Like diabetes, pre-diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high and the body cannot use it properly. The glucose levels are not high enough at this stage to be diagnosed with diabetes.

In pre-diabetes, the pancreas (an organ in the body) does not produce enough insulin or the insulin that is produced doesn’t work properly. Insulin is a hormone in the blood which lowers and controls blood glucose level. This is often the result of carrying extra fat around the waist area.

Either a fasting plasma glucose test or an HbA1c test may be used to diagnose type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

The following results indicate the presence of prediabetes:

  • Fasting plasma glucose: 6.0 mmol/L to 6.9 mmol/L
  • HbA1c: 42 to 47 mmol/mol (6.0 to 6.4%)

Is there a cure for Pre-diabetes?

The good news is that cases of pre-diabetes that are identified early on can be reversed, preventing them from progressing into full-blown type 2 diabetes.

There are no medications which can treat or cure pre-diabetes. The only way of reducing your risk of diabetes is through lifestyle changes. This includes:

  • increasing activity levels,
  • eating a healthy and balanced diet
  • maintaining a healthy weight.

If you would like support please make an appointment with our Nurse or Healthcare assistant for a review. Also visit One You Hounslow who can help you eat well, move more, stop smoking or drink less. 

Chlamydia Screening

free chlamydia test2

If you’re under 25 and you’re sexually active, you should get tested for chlamydia every year or when you change sexual partner, as you’re more likely to catch it. Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test.

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK.

It’s passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom) and is particularly common in sexually active teenagers and young adults.

Make an appointment with our Healthcare assistant to get tested or ask reception for a urine sample and a form.


Self Care – Medicine Cabinet

medicine cabinet

An essential medicine cabinet should include:

  • Pain relief such as paracetamol and aspirin (aspirin should not be given to children under 16 or to people with asthma). Children’s paracetamol oral suspension and ibuprofen syrups – free from pharmacy if you receive free prescriptions
  • Mild laxatives to relieve constipation 
  • Cold relief products
  • Rehydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting to use if feeling dehydrated after a bout of sickness or diarrhoea
  • Indigestion remedy
  • Travel sickness tablets for family trips
  • A thermometer to check for fever 

A range of bandages, plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises 

Check your Pulse! (AF screening)

AF screening poster

90% of stokes can be prevented

Come and get your pulse checked between 8-11am on Thursday 27th April 2017 at Firstcare Practice. Only takes a minute!

In atrial fibrillation, the heart rate is irregular and can sometimes be very fast. In some cases, it can be considerably higher than 100 beats a minute. This can cause problems including dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness. You may be aware of noticeable heart palpitations, where your heart feels like it’s pounding, fluttering or beating irregularly, often for a few seconds or, in some cases, a few minutes.   Sometimes, atrial fibrillation doesn’t cause any symptoms and a person with it is completely unaware that their heart rate isn’t regular.

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Watch this video to see how we take a medical grade EKG in 30 seconds. Know right away if your heart rhythm is normal or if atrial fibrillation is detected.

Check your heart today

We’re starting a campaign to increase the detection of atrial fibrillation, an irregular rhythm of the heart which is a major risk factor for causing a stroke. It’s simple to detect and easy to treat.

Here are some facts.

In London in the next 24 hours

  • 10 strokes will happen in people with atrial fibrillation.
  • 8 will be known to have atrial fibrillation
  • 6 should have been treated with blood thinning medication and have not been detected.
  • 5 will go to residential care
  • 3 will go home
  • 2 will die

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

How to check your pulse, to see if you are at risk of Atrial Fibrillation

There are many people who have atrial fibrillation, who have not been diagnosed. Here is some national data which shows 


So, check your pulse today, particularly if you are over 65. If there is anything you are unsure of please contact you GP. 

Helping new communities to get access to health & social care in Hounslow

There are some communities which Public Health Hounslow have identified as increasing in number, however, despite having higher health and social needs – they do not appear to be accessing services. This project by Hounslow Healthwatch is designed to help and support these communities. If you are interested in helping others in your community or others then please contact HealthWarch.

Firstcare Practice, will shortly be holding an event bringing people together and will give people from these new communities to meet others and help and support each other., at the practice. There will also be a dietician, a doctor and a specialist to help you find the best ways to access services. This will be supported by Healthwatch Hounslow. If you would like to attend this event, please contact us firstcare.practice@nhs.net. Due to limited availability, we will limit availability to 50 people. Please register your interest on this wait list and we will inform you when free tickets will be available.

Book your ticket here by clicking here. There are only 50 available on Saturday 29th October @ 1200. 


Are you interested in becoming an Emerging Communities Outreach Volunteer?

This would be a great opportunity for willing volunteers from emerging communities (Afghan, Algerian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Nepalese, Romanian and Tamil) to become more actively and directly involved in health and social care projects through Healthwatch.

The main motive of this opening is to ensure that members of emerging communities have access to information about the healthcare services available to them, and to therefore ensure that no individual is deprived of health and social care services due to a lack of knowledge about services, or difficulties understanding communications made in English.

For more information, please call Hounslow HealthWatch on 020 3603 2438 or email info@healthwatchhounslow.co.uk