Most of our patients have Type 1 Diabetes, a smaller number have type 2 diabetes and rare forms of diabetes – check out our Information and Guidelines page for more. Care of children with Cystic fibrosis related diabetes (CFRD) is provided by the paediatric endocrinology consultants and supported by the diabetes nursing team.
Our specialist team includes Doctors, nurse specialists, dieticians and psychologists who work together to provide holistic care. We aim to educate and support our patients and families in the management of their diabetes to enable them to maximise their potential and lead happy and fulfilling lives. We will:
- Work in partnership with children and families to achieve the best possible health and future outcomes
- Offer individual care using intensive diabetes treatment regimens, adapted to suit each child and young person’s needs
- Offer timely and appropriate education and support from diagnosis through to young adulthood
- Enable young people to successfully transfer from our care to a young adult health care provider of their choice
We hold multidisciplinary clinics on most days of the week, with every patient being invited to attend four times a year, one appointment of which will be an annual review appointment. From the age of 16 patients are invited to enter our transition programme to our partner hospitals in Liverpool.
The diabetes nursing team offer ad hoc appointments for review as required and in conjunction with the diabetes psychology team we have recently started to offer a ‘High HbA1c’ clinic for patients aged between 5 and 12 years old who require extra support to achieve good control.
Individual clinic appointments are offered by the diabetes dietetic and psychology services as they are required.
We provide ongoing education through regular contact and guideline updates as well as the Goals of Diabetes Education programme which is currently delivered at the Annual Review clinic appointment.
We support a range of insulin delivery and monitoring technologies and are constantly evaluating new equipment to provide to our patients.
How to Refer a Patient
Suspected newly diagnosed diabetes
If you have seen a child that you suspect has diabetes, they should be referred immediately to the On-call Paediatric team at Alder Hey (01512284811 – Medical registrar).
Children who have signs of new onset diabetes may deteriorate quickly – a ‘same day’ referral is essential.
How to refer a child with existing diabetes
Children and young people with diabetes can be referred to the Alder Hey diabetes team, by letter or email.
We are happy to discuss any referrals.
Routine referrals should be sent to the diabetes pathway coordinator:
Diabetes Pathway Co-ordinator
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
East Prescot Road
Email: [email protected]