The Diabetes Centre at Poole Hospital provides holistic
care for anyone with diabetes, and we have established ourselves as
a Centre of Excellence.
We have many different types of clinics and education services
for people with diabetes – below are just some of them. You may
want to discuss referral to the Diabetes Centre with your GP.
Type 1 diabetes education - Undersanding carbohydrate
and insulin ratios (UCAIR)
Our course for people with
type 1 diabetes is based around learning the principles of
carbohydrate counting in order to be able to adjust insulin doses
appropriately, but covers many other aspects of diabetes care in
group sessions with others. Please contact the diabetes nurse
specialists on 01202 448063 for further details.
Type 2 diabetes education
We believe that
the most important area of treatment for diabetes is educating
patients so that they can look after their diabetes themselves. We
therefore offer an education course for all patients newly
diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, run in different locations – for
further details, please see your GP.
Diabetes clinics and services
Diabetes foot care
If you have diabetes
and a problem with your feet, please see your GP. They should then
refer you to the diabetes foot care programme, which has
podiatrists (chiropodists) working both in GP practices and the
Insulin pump service for people with type 1
In order to get the best out of an insulin
pump, you should be regularly testing your blood sugars and have to
have a good understanding of carbohydrate counting. If you would
like to try an insulin pump, please discuss it with your GP or
contact one of the diabetes specialist nurses on 01202 448063.
Young People's Diabetes Service
This service is designed for young people as they move from the
paediatric (children’s) clinic to the adult diabetes service. They
run weekly clinics in the Diabetes Centre.
Click here to visit their own information page.
Diabetes pre-pregnancy care
If you have
diabetes and are thinking about having a baby, it is vital that you
get your diabetes as well controlled as possible =
before you fall pregnant. We provide special care
under these circumstances, so if you are thinking about having a
baby and have diabetes, please either contact your GP or the
diabetes nurse specialists on 01202 448063.
Diabetes antenatal clinic
We run a weekly
joint antenatal clinic with the obstetric team to try and maintain
as good sugar control as we can. The team includes a dedicated
midwife. If you have any questions or queries about diabetes
pregnancy, contact one of the diabetes team, or ask your GP to
Diabetes eye screening
Diabetes Centre contains a fully equipped camera room for
taking digital images of the back of the eye. Three retinal
screeners work in the centre taking pictures and grading the
images. They also liaise closely with the eye specialists to
discuss any abnormal results.
Joint diabetes eye clinics
serious diabetic eye disease are assessed and treated in this
weekly joint clinic. An eye specialist from the Royal Bournemouth
Hospital eye unit joins the Poole diabetic specialist team,
ensuring we all work together to reduce the risk of sight loss. The
Poole Hospital Diabetes (charity) trust fund generously bought a
laser for the centre so that patients can be treated at their
appointment. If you are attending this clinic, expect to be at the
hospital for at least two hours as you see two specialists during
Erectile dysfunction clinic
clinic is run by one of the diabetes specialist Nurses and is known
as the MARS clinic. The problem of erectile dysfunction
is believed to affect up to 50% of men with diabetes. Referral
to this clinic is via your own GP or from a member of the Diabetes
The Diabetes Centre is based in the Philip Arnold Unit at Poole
Hospital's main site on Longfleet Road. It can be easily accessed
from the Hospital's main car park.