Children who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes are introduced to the diabetes team while they are on the ward. Specific education and training is provided to both the child and the parents or carer and then regular support is offered following discharge. The specialist nurses work closely with schools to ensure that their staff feel confident in providing appropriate diabetes care for pupils.
Out-patient services are provided at all three of our main hospitals, while paediatric in-patient care is available on Galaxy ward at Barnet Hospital and 6 North ward at the Royal Free Hospital.
In accordance with national guidance, we offer children and young people four out-patient clinic appointments per year, where they have access to the paediatricians, paediatric diabetes specialist nurses (PDSNs), dietitians and child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) professionals.
All three of our main hospitals offer transitional clinics for young people aged 16-19. The adult diabetologists, dietitians and diabetes specialist nurses join the paediatric team at these clinics, to promote a smooth transition from children’s services to adult services.