What we do
Children’s Diabetes are a team of specialist consultants, nurses, dietitians and psychologists.
We work in Luton, Dunstable and the surrounding areas providing advice, support and education to children with diabetes, their families and carers. Our service is part of the East of England Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network, and we work closely with colleagues at Bedford Hospital.
Our clinics run at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital on Monday and Thursday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons.
As a patient of the children’s service, you get:
- Four clinic appointments per year with the team. At these the team will check your height, weight, HbA1c and blood pressure. Together you will review how you are managing your diabetes and if any changes are needed. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get advice.
- Access to Diabetes Specialist Nurses for queries and advice on day to day management and to discuss any concerns (Mon–Fri, 8am–4pm).
- Yearly clinic appointments with a dietitian specialising in diabetes to review diet and lifestyle management.
- Access to the dietitians for any additional support you may need with carb counting.
- Access to clinical psychology support, either though groups or with in-person sessions if you need extra support with the emotional aspect of living with diabetes.
- T1 patients also have an instant access passport for the paediatric assessment unit. This gives you immediate access to ward care in case of emergencies.
- Weekend and evening advice line for emergencies: all PAU-Children’s ward 01582 497401. Or 01582 491166 and ask for bleep733 (Paeds SpR on-call)