Long Term Conditions

Further information for patients about Long Term Conditions

Long Term Conditions (LTC) are health conditions that can impact on a person’s life, and may require ongoing care and support. We organise appointments and provide support for people who have an LTC by putting in place a way of working called ‘Care and Support Planning’.  We work with our patients to help them better manage chronic conditions such as asthma, cancer, coronary heart disease (CHD), chronic obstruction pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis or stroke, including transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

BP@Home - monitoring your blood pressure with the Viso app

The Barcellos Family Practice offers the opportunity for patients with hypertension to monitor their blood pressure at home and share their blood pressure readings directly back to their GP from home using the Viso app.    

High blood pressure, or hypertension, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.

In line with NHS England recommendations, NHS Dorset is working in partnership with Omron Healthcare to implement blood pressure (BP) monitoring at home using the Viso app. 

Monitoring blood pressure remotely through Viso has multiple benefits.  From the patient perspective, it will not be necessary to book an appointment and attend the surgery for a blood pressure check.  It enables healthcare professionals to keep track of a person’s health, provide them with the information needed to look after their health and help them access the right treatment when required.   In addition, taking measurements in the comfort of one’s own home can better reflect blood pressure, as being tested in a medical environment can make some people feel anxious, affecting results.

Find out more about the Viso BP@Home service here or follow this link to submit your request to self register>>

A man using the Viso app, the Practice logo and the Viso logo
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Digital Services at Home

Our colleagues in the Our Dorset Digital team and Crane Valley Primary Care Network are supporting us in rolling out a range of digital healthcare tools and technologies to help our patients and staff.

We invite patients with long-term health conditions such as hypertension, COPD, Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease to use technology and apps to better monitor and manage their conditions.

Find out more on our Digital Services at Home page by following this link>>

Asthma Review - Online Form

If you have been requested to do so, please follow this link to complete this online review form no later than 48 hours before your appointment. 

Before your appointment, please watch a short video to learn how to use your inhaler properly and better manage your respiratory symptoms. 

Watch the video appropriate to the device you use here>>

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Further information on Long Term Conditions

The NHS A - Z offers a lot of information about the following health conditions:



Coronary Heart Disease






Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)


Below we offer links to some other useful third party websites where you can access further information and support for people with Long Term Conditions.

www.asthmaandlung.org.uk – information on lung conditions including asthma and COPD

www.bhf.org.uk – information on heart disease. hypertension and strokes

www.cancerresearchuk.org - information on Cancer types and treatments

www.diabetes.org.uk – advice and support on diabetes and self-management courses

www.macmillan.org.uk – cancer information

www.dorsetmind.uk – mental health support and advice

www.versusarthritis.org – arthritis information