Diabetes Education

Diabetes Education

An estimated 1.2 million people in Ontario have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and those numbers are expected to rise. Diabetes has a strong prevalence in individuals of Asian, South Asian and Caribbean descent, and with much of our community’s population comprised of these cultural backgrounds, SHN has become a leader in diabetes management, treatment and prevention strategies.

Patients with diabetes have complex needs and require a wide range of services, including intensive, short-term care in some cases to stabilize their condition. These services are provided by an interprofessional health care team, which includes education and social supports, to ensure patients receive overall, holistic care throughout their journey.

SHN partners with many health care and community organizations to ensure access to timely, high-quality services in the most appropriate setting. Services include diagnostic testing, assessments, interventions, follow-up and education to provide integrated, patient-focused care from hospital to community that enhances the quality of life for our patients living with diabetes. If you are living with diabetes, education is an important part of helping to manage your condition. SHN offers diabetes education services for children, adolescents, and adults.

How to Access

Contact us

Adult Diabetes Education Program
Centenary hospital

416-281-7375

Paediatric Diabetes Education Clinic
Centenary hospital

416-281-7476

Our Services

Adult Diabetes Education Program

SHN offers adult diabetes education to help patients with diabetes learn about managing their condition. Patients are supported individually and/or within group sessions. We work on educating our patients (and their families) on medication management, the proper use of insulin and a healthy diet and lifestyle. As diabetes management is an ongoing process, regular follow-up care is vital.

The program is located on the first level of our Centenary hospital. It can be accessed through our main entrance off Ellesmere Road, and by taking the elevator to the first floor, or by entering the Margaret Birch Wing entrance, located at the south end of the hospital.

Our Centenary hospital provides treatment for people with:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes: those who are being initiated on insulin therapy; and those who are on insulin or insulin and pills only
  • Gestational diabetes

Services

  • Individualized counselling by registered nurses and dietitians
  • Pregnancy care for gestational, type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Insulin pump therapy clinic and support
  • Insulin start groups
  • Regular diabetes follow-up
  • Endocrinology clinic
  • Glucagon-like Peptide-1 (GLP) initiation and support
  • Telephone follow up and support

Patients are referred to the program by their family physician, obstetrician, or endocrinologist. Depending on your needs, we can tailor a program specific to your diabetes management plan. A registered nurse and dietitian assess each patient individually so that a self-management plan can be created.

If required, referrals can be made to other health care services—including social work, chiropody, psychiatry, nephrology, cardiology—all available at SHN. Our patients have access to the hospital’s in-house lab, allowing our patients faster access to all blood results related to their diabetes care. Download the referral form.

What to bring for your appointment

Before your first visit, be sure to bring the following:

  • Your health card
  • An updated list of your medications
  • Your blood glucose meter
  • Your insulin
  • Your blood glucose log book

Contact us

For more information about our program, please call us at 416-281-7375.

A referral from your family physician or endocrinologist is required to join our adult diabetes education program. It can be faxed to 416-281-7020.

Paediatric Diabetes Education Clinic

As part of our Galaxy 12 Child and Teen Clinics located at our Centenary hospital, the paediatric diabetes education clinic offers counselling and support services to patients who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and their families.

Patients who have been identified as being at high risk of developing diabetes also receive services in our clinic. The health care team includes a paediatric endocrinologist, a social worker, a registered dietitian, and registered nurse.

Our overall goal is to help our patients and their families successfully manage diabetes. We treat the whole person, and not just the disease. Our staff assist our patients and families in doing this by educating them on medication management; the proper use of insulin; and healthy diet and lifestyle.

Services

  • Weekly clinics with an endocrinologist
  • Comprehensive individual teaching for newly diagnosed patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Individual counselling for diet and lifestyle management for patients determined to be at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes
  • Telephone and email follow up and support, as well as after-hours phone and email support for emergency diabetes management

How our program works

Patients are referred to the paediatric diabetes education clinic by their family physician.

Depending on your needs, we can tailor a program specific to your diabetes management plan. A registered nurse and dietitian assess each patient individually so that a self-management plan can be created.

If required, referrals can be made to other health care services if needed. Our patients have access to the hospital’s in-house lab, allowing our patients faster access to all blood results related to their diabetes care.

What to bring for your appointment

  • Your health card
  • An updated list of your medications
  • Your blood glucose meter
  • Your insulin
  • Your blood glucose log book

Contact us

The paediatric diabetes education clinic is located on the 12th floor at our Centenary hospital. For more information, please contact the Galaxy 12 Child and Teen Clinics at 416-281-7476.