Latham House Medical Practice and Healthy.io – At-home ACR testing service for Diabetics
We have recently contacted eligible diabetes patients about a new, free service we are offering. If you have received an SMS text message or letter from us about this, we are inviting you to test your kidney function from home. This test will help identify patients at risk of kidney disease and proactively manage early interventions, without you needing to come to the surgery.
Having diabetes increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, eye disease and kidney disease. With regular checks you can reduce the risk of any of these complications.
A urine sample should be provided as part of a routine diabetes review. This is used to test for urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR). The ACR test checks your kidney function by testing for particles of protein in your urine called albumin. If there is albumin in your urine, this means you are at increased risk of kidney disease and heart disease. If this is picked up at an early stage, you can be put on medication that will reduce your risk of any complications.
To help you perform this test, we are working with a company called Healthy.io, who provide a urine ACR kit and app that allows people to do the test at home. The test is really easy to do and only requires a smartphone and a kit that will be sent to your home.
With your permission we will share your contact details with Healthy.io so they can get in touch with you in the next few weeks to arrange for your kit to be sent to you. Healthy.io’s team will guide you through the process and will be available to answer any questions you might have.
If you do not want to be contacted by Healthy.io, please let us know via one of the following methods:
- If you have online access, log in to your SystmOnline account and complete the Remote ACR Testing opt-out questionnaire
- Send us an email with your full name, NHS number (at the top of this letter) and date of birth to [email protected] using the subject “Remote ACR testing” and confirming that you wish to opt-out
To keep our phone lines available for patients who have an urgent clinical need, please only call us if you are unable to use one of the methods above.
To find out more about kidney disease or the test, visit the link: Here
To find out about all the other checks you need to have in your diabetes review please follow this link: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/15-healthcare-essentials
Routine annual long term condition reviews are currently suspended on the advice of NHS England to enable us to focus on delivering the COVID vaccination and supporting our complex patients at home. We will be in touch when we are able to offer routine review appointments again. In the meantime, if you do have worsening symptoms / exacerbations of your long term condition, please contact us and we will book you an urgent telephone triage appointment with the nurse.
Dr Kate Berry
Diabetes Lead GP
Latham House Medical Practice