Diabetes Services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Diabetic Centre provides a range of investigations and management strategies for patients with diabetes mellitus and is staffed by a dedicated team of specialist nurses and a dietician.

Specialist consultants and registrars are available to supervise admissions.

The Centre is also the control centre for co-ordinating digital referral photography appointments to screen for diabetic eye disease.

A dedicated specialist diabetes nurse visits ward areas to help inform staff and patients. We hold the following clinics which are staffed by specialists. These are held in the Diabetic Centre unless otherwise indicated:

  • Diabetes Antenatal (weekly)
  • Young Adults/Type 1 Diabetes Clinic (weekly)
  • Young Person Clinic (quarterly)

For young people aged 18-25 years who are under the care of an adult physician. A clinical management plan agreed between the patient and the consultant diabetologist (as recommended in the National Service Framework for Diabetes) is used to direct care.


Outpatients appointments 020 8836 4969/4908/4965
Diabetes Day Care Centre 020 8836 5264


The service is provided in the Diabetic Day Care Unit on the ground floor. Outpatients Department is located on the ground floor.


Transitional Care Clinic (quarterly)

For young people aged 16-18 years who are under the care of a paediatrician. Held in the Dolphin outpatient department.

General Diabetes Clinic (weekly)
Held in the Outpatients Department for annual review of tests and medication (when required), as well as for management of diabetic complications and advice on improvement of diabetes control.

Diabetic Foot Clinic (weekly)
For treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.

In addition to our clinics we hold a number of sessions which enable patients to exchange experiences and ask questions of staff from the Diabetes Centre.

Group Education Sessions
Multidisciplinary education sessions held twice a week with input from a Specialist Nurses a Dietician and a Podiatrist.

Conversion to Insulin Treatment
Weekly sessions for individuals or groups.

Improvement of Diabetes Control
Individual and group sessions are available with a dietician and a specialist nurse for advice regarding diet, exercise, insulin initiation or adjustment and managing risk factors.

Patient-Led Support Group
Held twice a month open to all people with diabetes and their carers and supported by the diabetes team.

How to get a referral

Referrals can be made by GPs, district nurses or via outpatients clinics. Routine new referrals are seen within a few weeks.