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A condition caused by too much glucose in the blood due to the pancreas producing insufficient insulin (a hormone which moves glucose from blood into cells where it is broken down to produce energy). Find out more about diabetes at Diabetes UK or NHS Direct.

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Childrens Services

Paediatric Endrocrinology

Contact: (0191) 282 5209 - Miss Diane Barstow, Endocrine Liaison Nurse

Our Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Service is a regional centre for children with hormonal disorders, including diabetes, and treats children from across northern England.

Our expert team run an extensive range of clinics in diabetes, general endocrinology and growth, as well as specialist clinics for children with Turner Syndrome and Metabolic Syndrome. We also run a range of joint clinics with other clinical colleagues specialising in genetics, cancer of the brain and spinal chord, and for young patients who have metabolic bone disease, bone dysplasias, or who have undergone bone marrow transplants, as well as children with renal disorders and other metabolic problems. 

Other specialist clinics include a combined pituitary clinic, a thyroid eye disease clinic and a clinic for families with multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN).  We hold some joint clinics in other hospitals in the North East, ie. Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Committed to advancing clinical care

Our expertise in the investigation of endocrine diseases is recognised nationally and we are involved in a range of local, national and international research projects to advance clinical practice. In particular, we are the co-ordinating centre for a major national study into Thyrotoxicosis, a thyroid disorder also known as Graves’ disease.

The team includes four highly skilled paediatric endocrinologists and four specialist nurses with expertise in endocrinology and paediatric diabetes, together with a paediatric dietician who specialises in diabetes and endocrinology.

Delivering our services closer to home

As well as our main base at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, we deliver services at joint clinics in Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, so you don’t have to travel as far to see one of our specialist team. We recognise how distressing it can be when your child is sick and have a doctor on call for diabetes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as providing telephone support from a paediatric endocrinologist out of hours.

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