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These services work together to help patients living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and common endocrine conditions such as thyroid disease.

Our diabetes service is led by a team of specialist professionals including consultants, specialist nurses and podiatrists. A package of care is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and focuses on them being able to manage their condition themselves as much as possible. 

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Your treatment

We run programmes which aim to empower patients with diabetes so they can take control in managing their condition:

Type 1 diabetes

Patient ‘s with Type 1 diabetes can benefit from a programme, called Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating (DAFNE) , which aims to each patient’s how to flexibly adjust their insulin, to match their food choices to improve their quality of life and control their condition. If you are interested in this our specialist nurses will talk you through what it will mean for you in terms of commitment and any implications it may have. You will have to attend a course lasting for 5 days and we run ten courses throughout the years.

For more information about DAFNE contact Sandra Fleming on 0191 293 4169 or email sandra.fleming@northumbria.nhs.uk or look at the National DAFNE website. 

Type 2 diabetes

A programme called Diabetes Education Self Management Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) aims to educate patients about their condition, the associated risks and all the options for successfully treating diabetes.

Insulin

Many people with Type 2 diabetes eventually need insulin to control their blood glucose levels. Our nurse specialists run sessions so patients understand how to insulin works and giving them confidence to manage their treatment.

Endocrine clinics

Patients requiring treatment for endocrine conditions can attend clinics at Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals and Berwick Infirmary.

  • Hexham General Hospital on the first Tuesday morning of every month
  • North Tyneside General Hospital, Diabetes Resource Centre every Tuesday morning
  • Wansbeck General Hospital every Wednesday morning

Diabetes clinics

Diabetes clinics are held in North Tyneside, Hexham and Wansbeck general hospitals, Alnwick and Berwick infirmaries and Blyth community hospital.

Most appointments last about half an hour, sometimes longer if the patient sees more than one healthcare professional.

Clinics, including specialty clinics for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, those for young adults (age 16-25) and diabetes in pregnancy are held regularly at our general hospitals in North Tyneside and Wansbeck.

  • Hexham General Hospital every Tuesday morning
  • Alnwick Infirmary on the first and third Monday afternoon in the month
  • Berwick Infirmary on the first Friday of the month
  • Blyth Community Hospital on the first and third Thursday of the month
  • Berwick Infirmary on the first Friday of the month
  • Blyth Community Hospital on the first and third Thursday of the month.

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