Diabetic patients and home urine testing for ACR

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.  

We are therefore excited to inform you of a new service at Bungay Medical Practice and Sole Bay Health Centre that will allow patients with diabetes to test their kidney function from home.  

As part of the diabetes annual review, patients should have a simple urine test. This test looks at your urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR). The ACR test checks your kidney function by looking 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 our patients 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.  

The practice will be sending out SMS text messages or letters to eligible patients.

Following this, Healthy.io will be contacting patients in the next few weeks to arrange for a kit to be sent. To find out more about kidney disease or the test, see here: https://lp.healthy.io/minuteful_info/

There is no obligation for patients to participate in the home testing programme.  If you do not wish to have a home testing kit, please ask at Reception for a Yellow Topped Urine bottle, so we can test your urine at the practice and ensure that this necessary test is undertaken.. 

With both types of test, we ask patients not to eat meat for twelve hours before providing a urine sample, as this can affect the result.  It Is therefore best to provide a sample first thing In the morning. 

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. 

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ACR project for patients with diabetes (and/or other conditions)

The data is being processed for the purpose of delivery of a programme, sponsored by NHS Digital, to monitor urine for indications of chronic kidney disease (CKD) which is recommended to be undertaken annually for patients at risk of chronic kidney disease e.g.,

patients living with diabetes. The programme enables patients to test their kidney function from home. We will share your contact details with Healthy.io to enable them to contact you and send you a test kit. This will help identify patients at risk of kidney disease and help us agree to any early interventions that can be put in place for the benefit of your care. Healthy.io will only use your data for the purpose of delivering their service to you. If you do not wish to receive a home test kit from Healthy.io we will continue to manage your care within the Practice. Healthy.io are required to hold data we send them in line with retention periodsoutlined in the Records Management code of Practice for Health and Social Care.

Further information about this is available at: https://lp.healthy.io/minuteful_info/ .