Opening hours

Monday to Thursday
8:30am to 5:00pm

Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm

 

Diabetes Centre

Coming to the centre

The Newcastle Diabetes Centre strives to provide the best quality of care for all our patients. Find out about the facilities available at the centre:


On arrival

You should report to the reception desk, where your personal details will be taken.

You will then be asked to take a seat in the waiting area until you are called by a member of the nursing staff who will check:

  • You weight
  • Your height 
  • Blood and urine testing

Diabetes Specialist Nurse

During your visit you will be introduced to a diabetes specialist nurse who will offer support and advice about managing your diabetes.

Topics covered with the specialist nurse will be individual to your needs but may cover:

  • Medication and treatment
  • Blood or urine testing
  • Any new developments and equipment

You need to know how to manage your diabetes.

You will be given an appointment to return for further education sessions to help you with this.

You will be given a contact number to ring for future help and advice.

The Doctor

During your visit, you will have a consultation with the doctor who will carry out a medical examination and discuss your general health.

We need to pay particular attention to your eyes and your feet.

Retinal Screening (MIUK)

Diabetes can affect the eyes in a number of ways - the most serious of these involve the retina in your eyes. The blood vessels in the retina (the light sensitive area at the back of the eye) can become ‘leaky’ or blocked leading to a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This condition may lead to bleeding or scarring in the centre of the retina, which in severe cases can lead to loss of sight.

In the early stages you cannot tell if your eyes have been damaged by diabetes. This is why it is very important that you have your eyes screened every year so that if any problems are found, then treatment can begin to stop them from getting worse.

At the centre, your distance vision will be measured, then some drops will be put into your eyes to widen the pupils. After about 15 minutes two pictures will be taken of each eye. 

See the 'practical tips for your visit' section below for more details.

Visit www.medicalimaging.co.uk for more information.

Podiatry

Diabetes may affect the nerves and blood supply to the feet. It is important to have your feet checked at the centre.

If you have any areas on your feet which are of concern, the doctor will refer you to a podiatrist (chiropodist) at the centre who will see you during your visit to assess the problem.

Specialist Dietitian

Your diet plays an important part in managing your diabetes.

On your first visit to the centre you will see a Specialist Dietitian who will ask about your eating patterns, your food and drink intake and your lifestyle.  This is in order to optimise your insulin or medication.

The dietitian will agree any changes needed with you and will help you to plan how to put them into practice.  The Dietitian's work as part of the team that will help you to best manage your diabetes.

Exactly what is needed will depend on the type of diabetes you have and how it will be treated in future.

Practical tips for your visit

At your first visit you may be in the centre for 2-2½ hours, so you may find it useful to bring a snack with you and something to read. 

You may want to bring a friend/relative with you.

Blurred vision

When attending the centre, it is very important that you travel either by public transport or bring a companion who can drive you home. This is because of possible blurred vision if eye drops are used in your vision tests.

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