Children's Diabetes

The children’s diabetes service treats children and young people with diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition that means that the amount of glucose in the blood is too high. A multi-disciplinary team works with families to help them manage their condition.

Essential Information


Children's Outpatients
Pink Zone
University Hospital Lewisham

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020 8333 3000 ext 6763

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Who is the children’s diabetes service for?

The service is for all children and young people (aged 19 and under) who have diabetes. There are specific age banded clinics for toddlers, mid teenagers and older teenagers.

What conditions does the service treat?

The children’s diabetes services treats children and young people with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and cystic fibrosis related diabetes.

What services are offered?

A wide-range of services are offered, including:

  • A structured education programme for diabetes, carbohydrate counting and pump starts
  • School based group sessions in secondary schools where there is more than one pupil with diabetes
  • Multi-disciplinary clinics

How can you get a referral?

Following an assessment, usually by your GP, a referral will be made for your child to be seen by a member of the team.

For children with a new diagnosis of diabetes or suspected diabetes, GPs can refer the same day to the paediatric emergency department.

Information about your appointment

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time for height, weight, blood pressure, and HbA1C to be measured
  • Please bring your blood glucose meter and insulin pens to each clinic appointment

Why choose Lewisham Hospital?

  • National audits have shown that the service achieves better than average HbA1C (measure of long term blood glucose control) and regular monitoring of diabetes
  • The service achieves the standards of the Paediatric Best Practice Tariff for diabetes
  • There is an insulin pump service where patients are offered a choice of three pumps
  • There are diabetes transition clinics for patients aged 17-18 which are run in conjunction with the adult diabetes service


Key Staff

  • Dr Joanna Lawrence (Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in diabetes)