Diabetes services for children and young people

Overview

Many children have diabetes mellitus, which can start at any age. Most children have type 1 diabetes so need insulin but some children and young people have other forms of diabetes. At the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, care for children and young people up to their 19th birthday is provided by a multidisciplinary diabetes team. Our service is predominantly an out-patient specialty, with clinics held at Barnet, Chase Farm and the Royal Free hospitals. The multi-disciplinary team includes doctors, specialist nurses, dietitians and professionals from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Our team teaches families how to manage their child’s condition, with specific education about carbohydrate counting and insulin dose adjustment. The paediatric diabetes specialist nurses work closely with schools and nurseries to ensure staff there are confident and competent in supporting children with diabetes

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  • Barnet Hospital

    Wellhouse Lane 
    Barnet, Hertfordshire
    EN5 3DJ
    Tel: 020 8216 4600

  • Chase Farm Hospital

    The Ridgeway 
    Enfield, Middlesex
    EN2 8JL
    Tel: 020 8375 2999

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Pond Street
    London
    NW3 2QG 
    Tel: 020 7794 0500

Referrals

Referral details

Any child suspected of having diabetes should be referred to our service by telephone the same day. Fasting blood glucose tests or oral glucose tolerance tests are not required but a random blood glucose can be checked on a fingerprick test.

Referrals should be directed to the on-call paediatric registrar at Barnet Hospital or to the attending paediatrician at the Royal Free Hospital. They will arrange for the child to be seen the same day.

Ward admission enables the family to meet the different members of the multi-disciplinary team and to have structured education about diabetes.

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