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Diabetes and endocrinology

Location

Medical specialities, level 1,outpatient department, Royal Derby Hospital (best entrance -entrance 12)

About

The diabetes department provides specialist services for patients with diabetes throughout Southern Derbyshire. 

We offer a wide range of specialist clinics which are often held jointly with consultants from other departments.

There are more than 25,000 patients with diabetes in Southern Derbyshire and we work closely with GPs and practice nurses to deliver care close to patients’ homes wherever possible.

We have clinics at:

  • London Road Community Hospital
  • Pear Tree Health Centre
  • Ripley Hospital
  • Ilkeston Community Hospital
  • Littlewick Surgery, Ilkeston
  • Long Eaton Health Centre
  • Stoneleigh House, Borrowash


We have formed partnerships with GPs in Derby City and in Derbyshire County so that patients can see consultants, diabetes nurses, and diabetes dieticians quickly with joint sharing of diabetes records with the consent of the patient.

We are committed to delivering personalised diabetes care to all patients and together with GP practices will be introducing care planning for all patients over the coming 12 months. This will involve patients receiving their results before their appointment and considering what aspects of their care to focus on in the coming year.

We are also involved in running a master’s course in diabetes for practice nurses and GPs in order to keep everyone up to date in their diabetes knowledge and skills.

The department also runs a number of clinical trials looking at new drug treatments for patients with diabetes.

Some patients will develop specific complications from their diabetes or will need specific help to manage their diabetes at different times of their lives.

Services

Specialist clinics offered at the Royal Derby Hospital:

  • education for patients with type 1 diabetes – nationally accredited DAFNE (Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating) courses, refreshers and follow-up
  • education for patients with type 2 diabetes taking insulin
  • pre-pregnancy and antenatal clinics joint with the obstetrics department
  • foot clinics joint with podiatrists, orthotists and vascular surgeons
  • renal clinics for patients with diabetes and reduced kidney function or on haemodialysis joint with the renal department
  • insulin pump service for patients considering or already on an insulin pump
  • teenage clinics joint with the paediatric diabetes team
  • clinics for young adults aged 18-25 years old
  • erectile dysfunction clinics
  • clinical psychology service
  • acupuncture for patients with painful feet
  • continuous glucose monitoring for patients with difficulties detecting hypoglycaemic
  • free replacement blood glucose meters
  • same day appointments for patients diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
  • specialist dietetic service

Other Information

We recommend that all patients with diabetes have their eyes screened at least once a year. This can be done through the Derbyshire Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service on 01332 888180. Their website is:

http://www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk/about/depts/derbyshire-diabetic-eye-screening/

Please remember to have a blood test done a week before your clinic appointment if this will help in making decisions about how you care for your diabetes.