The Diabetes Service provides a community and an outpatient consultation service for patients on referral from general practitioners and other health professionals. It provides ongoing surveillance of diabetes management and complications status for selected patients who are at higher risk of developing diabetes complications.
The Service also provides medical and diabetes nurse educator consultation services to the hospital wards.
An acute intervention service is provided to prevent hospital admissions by having a diabetes physician on call by cell-phone 24 hours a day available to general practitioners.
Diabetes is a disorder much influenced by lifestyle. This requires a strong focus on patient education to achieve behavioral changes.
The Diabetes Service has a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Diabetes Physicians, Diabetes Nurse Educators and Nurse Specialists, Dietitians, Psychologists, Social Worker, Podiatrists, Māori Diabetes Nurse Specialist and Health Worker, a Pacific Island Diabetes Nurse Specialist and a Diabetes Child and Youth Nurse.
The Diabetes Service caters for people with diabetes over the age of 15 years within the Canterbury District Health Board area.
The Clinical Director is Dr Juliet Berkeley and Clinical Manager is Sandy Marshall.
The Clinic is at the Diabetes Centre, 550 Hagley Avenue, 364 0860, (Doctors, Nurses and group education). The Centre has a shop which is open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm with a variety of products. For further information on these or the Diabetes (Society) Christchurch Inc. phone 378 6266.