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Paediatric Diabetes Care
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Taking Blood Sugar
About the Service
Outpatient Clinics
The Children's Diabetes Team
Paediatric Diabetes Nurses
Home Visits
Transition Service
Patient Leaflets
Getting 24-Hour Access to Support
Our Philosopy
From diagnosis and throughout the journey of living with diabetes, we believe that all children and young people require an individual package of care that supports their needs both physically and emotionally.

All children and young people with diabetes are entitled to aspire and achieve their hopes and dreams in life.

About the Service
Currently approximately 190 children up to age 19 receive diabetes care at both St Peter's and Ashford hospitals. The service is supported by four paediatric diabetes specialist nurses, two experienced dieticians and a Registered Mental Health Nurse.

Outpatient Clinics
Diabetes management will be formally reviewed by the team every three months and this is a good time to raise any questions or concerns, although there is a member of the team who can always be contacted in-between these times for advice. Sometimes, as a learning experience, other doctors, nurses, dietitians and students attend the diabetes clinic, but you will always be informed if this is the case.

Out-patient clinics are held at both Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. There is a weekly clinic held on a Tuesday morning in the Stephanie Marks Centre based at St Peter's hospital site and one clinic per month on a Thursday morning at Ashford Hospital, in the Children's Outpatient Department. It can be a good idea to bring to your appointment a snack, drink, and some entertainment for your child. Though we strive to run the clinic to time there can be delays and unfortunately there are no snack or drink provisions within the Stephanie Marks building.

There is also a Dietitian led clinic that is run twice per month. One Tuesday per month in the afternoon and one Friday morning per month both at Ashford Hospital, in the Children's Outpatient Department or they can be virtual appointments.

Our Registered Mental Health Nurse runs clinics every Tuesday mornings. They are being carried out virtually or face to face at the Stephanie Marks Centre.

The Children's Diabetes Team
The Diabetes team is multi-professional and includes specially trained Consultant Paediatricians, Paediatric Diabetes Nurses and Dietitians who will all work closely with you to provide the best possible care and support for your child.

Consultant PaediatriciansDiabetes Nursing TeamPaediatric Dietitians
  • Dr Shailini Bahl
  • Dr Sonali D'Cruz
  • Dr Ellie Day
  • Dr Naren Siva
  • Maria Roberts
  • Stacey Pullen
  • Sophie Clarke
  • AnnMarie Peasey
  • Sarah Pearson
  • Cara Retief
    (Transition Service)

About the Service
The Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist (PDNS) provides ongoing advice, education and support to all children and young people with diabetes (and their families) who attend Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals Trust. The service incorporates any child from diagnosis until transition to the adult diabetes service at approximately aged 19 years.

The PDNS manages the continuing care of the children and young people by providing telephone and e-mail advice; home visits, nursery and school visits to support and educate staff. Specialist education is also provided for others such as holiday play staff and youth leaders.

The PDNS attends the ward whenever a child or young person with diabetes is admitted. This enables the education programme of the child and parents to commence which in turn facilitates the early discharge of the patient. It also starts the development of the important therapeutic relationship between the nurse and the family. Further more, the nurse is able to provide support and expert advice to the ward nursing staff and the junior doctors.

Home Visits
The Diabetes Nurse may visit you at home to give advice and support. She can also visit your child's school, club etc. to give specialist advice to your child's carers.

Transition to Adult Care
The Diabetes Transition Service supports children, young people and their families prepare for transfer from children's diabetes care to adult diabetes services.

This process is called 'transition' and it can start from around the age of 16 years and continue until transfer, usually when the young person reaches the age of 19 years.

The service aims to integrate children's and adult services and provide support for young people until the age of 24 years to empower them to manage their diabetes successfully.

It is recognised children and young people with diabetes often need extra help and support to help them cope with their condition especially during this time. All the usual changes are taking place that go along with growing up, puberty, changing schools, exams, starting college or university, decisions on what to do with their life and career. As well as finding a job, starting relationships, moving away from home, learning, to drive, and becoming more independent from parents to name but a few.

Having diabetes and transferring to adult diabetes services can make this a difficult and worrying time.

The Diabetes Transition Service aims to provide help, support and education to enable transition and transfer to adult services to be as straight forward and stress free as possible and keep young people engaged in diabetes care.

We provide information to help ensure young people achieve good diabetes control and reduce their risks of developing diabetes associated complications.

The Diabetes Transition Service provides all aspects of specialist diabetes care and support for young people with either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes including:
  • Monthly Consultant Transition Clinics
  • Telephone and email follow up
  • Diabetes Specialist Dietitian
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Out of clinic appointments
  • Home visits
  • Education and Advice on Sexual Health, Pre-pregnancy, Smoking and Alcohol, Exercise and Weight Loss
  • Staff Training and Education
We also work closely with education providers, local authorities, charities and support groups to support young people with diabetes with non-clinical matters such as grants and benefits.

Patient Leaflets

Starters Tomato and Lentil Soup  
Main Courses Beef CasseroleChicken Champ with cherry tomatoesChicken Tikka and Vegetable rice
Cowboy ChilliEgg Cheese Tomato DishHamburgers with barbeque sauce
Roast PotatoesSeafood LasagneTomato Savoury Rice
Puddings Apple CrumbleDorset Apple CakeFruit Ice Cream
Ginger and Orange CheesecakeSlimy JellySteamed Sponge Pudding
Summer Berry Cobbler  
Cakes and Biscuits Angel CakeApricot and sunflower oat barsBirthday Cake
BiscuitsCarmen's Sponge cakeCarrot cake v1
Carrot Cake v2Chocolate CrackliesDate slice
Dorset Apple CakeFlapjacks v1Flapjacks v2
Fruit CakeHealthy Bread SticksJammie Cookies
Joan's sponge cakeLight Fruit CakeMini oaty banana muffins
MuffinsRaisin and chocolate treatRich Coconut Tartlets
Rock CakesStrawberry and Meringue Ice 

Diabetes UK: My Life
Link to Kids website
My Life Kids Website

Link to Teens website
My Life Teens Website

Link to Young Adults website
My Life Young Adults Website

Young Adults

For more websites, visit our useful links page.

Phone01932 723314

Getting 24-Hour Access to Support
If you require urgent diabetes advice outside of office hours, please telephone St Peter's Hospital - 01932 872000 and ask the switchboard operator to bleep the on-call Paediatric Registrar.