Clinical Service

Diabetes and Endocrinology

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Children's diabetes team

What we do

Our diabetes and endocrinology team investigate, diagnose and treat problems with the endocrine system. This is the group of glands within the body which produce hormones.

Our services include:

  • Retinal screening programme

  • Structured diabetes education programmes

  • Insulin pump service

  • Lipid disorders clinic

  • Rapid access specialist foot clinic (with vascular and orthopaedic surgeons)

  • Diabetes in pregnancy service (with the obstetrician and diabetic midwife)

  • Children's (paediatric) diabetes team

  • Transitional/young adult diabetes service

  • Biochemical investigations and dynamic endocrine tests

  • Post operative pituitary and adrenal follow up care

  • General endocrine clinics

  • Specialised imaging techniques in pancreatic, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary pathology

We also work with various teams, including dieticians at Kent Community Health to make sure you receive the care you need, even when you leave our hospitals.

What to expect

Diabetes is a condition which may require input from a number of health professionals, including: 

  • Doctors - who assess, make diagnoses, choose treatments and guide care

  • Diabetes specialist nurses (DSNs) - these provide education, interpret blood glucose readings, adjust insulin dosages, and provide dietary advice

  • Dieticians - these also provide education on diabetes and its treatment, interpret blood glucose readings, adjust insulin dosages, and provide dietary advice. 

  • Podiatrists - care for people with foot problems

  • Retinal photographers - take photographs of the back of patients’ eyes at annual review to check for diabetes related eye complications.

How to find us

We provide services at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent and Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate. 

Our children's diabetes service is based in the Paula Carr Centre at William Harvey Hospital.

How to use this service

Your GP can refer you to this service.