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Diabetes screening service

Diabetes screening service

Our quick and easy Type 2 Diabetes screening service costs just £5.

Recent research showed that up to 2,000 islanders could be living with undiagnosed diabetes.

Being aware if you are diabetic can mean some small changes to your diet and lifestyle, but ultimately, it can mean prevention of many other conditions stemming from diabetes, including heart attacks and strokes.

There's no need to make an appointment, just pop in to see our expert pharmacy teams at any of your Pharmacy Locale stores. The service is available from 9am to 4pm, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and costs £5. 

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be over 18 years of age.
  • You should not already have a diagnosis of diabetes.
  • You will be asked to complete a consultation form and risk assessment.

What happens at the test?

The diabetes testing service only takes 5–10 minutes and will take place in a private pharmacy consultation room by our trained pharmacy staff.

You will be asked to fill out a one-page form with your details, then asked several questions to help determine whether you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, including:

  1. Your age
  2. Your weight, waist and height measurements
  3. Questions on diet and daily exercise
  4. If you have a family history or relative with diabetes

This information will help to determine if you are at low, increased, moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

If you are at moderate or high risk, your blood sugar level will be checked, by taking a very small finger-prick sample of blood.

The blood sugar results are available immediately, and depending on the results you may be asked to come back for further assessment. This will include:

  1. A fasting blood sugar test, which involves a finger-prick sample of blood when you have an empty stomach (usually first thing in the morning before you have breakfast)

You may be provided with lifestyle advice and ways to reduce your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

If needed, you may be referred to your doctor following the testing service.

Am I at risk of developing Diabetes?

If you or a member of your family believe they could be diabetic, now is the ideal opportunity to get checked.

You could be considered in the 'high-risk' category if:

  1. You are aged 45 years or older
  2. Are medically diagnosed as being overweight
  3. Have a history of diabetes in your family 

However, not every single person who is diabetic necessarily falls into the above categories. Other potential signs of diabetes include:

  1. Feeling thirsty
  2. More frequent trips to the loo
  3. Feeling tired and lethargic
  4. Losing weight for no reason