Children and Young people with diabetes (paediatric)

Welcome to the children’s diabetes page

If you, a family member or friend have been diagnosed with diabetes then here you'll find information about the team, our service (emergency service) and resources to help you in the daily management of diabetes.

Team aims

Our team will offer every child and young person, together with their carers, a program of education and skills development, individualised and tailored to their needs, ability and personal goals that enables them to successfully manage their health on their journey from childhood, through adolescence to independent adulthood. We will work in partnership with them using age appropriate, evidence based educational methods to deliver a consistent approach across the network.

Meet the team

The Diabetes team support children and young people and families who live with diabetes.

childrens diabetics team

Top row left to right: Preya Dey, Coordinator; Clare Longfellow, Dietitian; Nicky Godley, Dietitian; Dr Gardiner, Consultant; Julie Thompson, Coordinator; Debbie Whittaker, Family Link Worker; Jenny Coupland, Dietitian; Dr Grove, Consultant; Dr Jones, Consultant; Kate Scott, Diabetes Nurse

Bottom row left to right: Rachel Mumford: Clinical Psychologist, Nina Jackson: Dietitian, Nancy Harrison, Diabetes Nurse; Jess West, Health Care Assistant; Steph Waters, Nursing Associate; Katie Gallear, Diabetes Nurse; Sally Jennians, Diabetes Nurse; Gemma Callaghan, Dietitian; Rachel Sutherland, Diabetes Nurse; Dr Allegoa, Consultant; Ena Watson, Diabetes Nurse

The diabetes nurses provide patients with their own 'my diabetes workbook' that covers topics of 'what is diabetes?', blood glucose monitoring, injection technique, emotional well being and downloading of pumps and meters.

The dietitians provide education on healthy eating and carbohydrate counting and they have resources including carbohydrate counting reference tables.

Ongoing support is provided by the children’s diabetes team including advice on foot care, tips for safe travel, illness management, management for hypoglycaemia for children and young people and alcohol and diabetes.

The team will also provide the following:

  • up-to-date, accurate and consistent information about diabetes
  • will help children, young people and families to manage their diabetes
  • appointments every 3 months 
  • diabetes psychology support if required
  • 24 hours on call service for families.

Feedback from clinic appointments:

If I, or my child, have any worries they don't ever hesitate answering any questions no matter how simple they may be and that's what I really like about the diabetes team. They are very understanding and helpful with any problems or worries we have.

Where can you access this service?

Our 3 monthly clinics are held at the appropriate children’s outpatients at:

  • Dewsbury and District Hospital
  • Pinderfields Hospital
  • Pontefract Hospital

Postal addresses

Main Office base for Pontefract and Pinderfields is: Rowan House Aberford Road Wakefield WF14DG

Telephone numbers: 01924 543380 / 543381       

Locala contact details (Dewsbury) c/o Admin Hub Batley Health Centre, 130 Upper Commercial Street, Batley, WF17 5ED

Telephone number (SPOC) 03003 045555

 

Feedback from a parent about a 'Cook and Eat' event organised by the children’s diabetes team:

The best thing about the session was the support given to us today as novices on this vital issue and seeing other children/adults dealing with this issues – a great learning curve. The staff were so supportive of everyone.

photo of a Cook and Eat event organised by the Children’s Diabetes Team

Contact details

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric Diabetes

For routine enquires Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

Pontefract Wakefield

Dewsbury

Office Tel 01924 543380/1

Office Tel 01924

543380/1

Kate Scott and Nancy Harrison

Single Point of Contact (SPOC)

03003 045555

Rachel Sutherland

0-14 years

07712539445

Ena Watson

0-14 years

Mob: 07595 792655

 

Katie Gallear

Transition age 14-19 years

Mob: 07899 901169

Sally Jennians

Transition age 14-19 years

Mob 07881505264
 

 

EMERGENCY ADVICE LINE Please telephone 01924 541008

Open daily 7am to 8pm including bank holidays and weekends.

Please leave a name and full contact number and a member of the Paediatric Diabetes team will contact you. If they have not returned your call within 20 minutes please ring back.

After 8pm call 01924 541008 and ask to speak to the Paediatric Registrar.

This service should be used for urgent advice on management of:

  • Illness
  • Vomiting
  • High blood ketones
  • Severe hypo reaction

If you are unable to reach the above, then contact your GP, NHS 111 service (by dialling 111), or the A & E Department.

 

Dietitians 01924 543 580
Retinal Screening 01924 541217
Children’s outpatients Wakefield 01924 541421
Children’s outpatients Dewsbury 01924 319139
Children’s outpatients Pontefract 01977 747060
Adult diabetes centre Wakefield 01924 213911
Adult diabetes centre Pontefract 01977 747930
Adult diabetes centre Dewsbury 01924 512289
Pinderfields Hospital Switchboard number 01924 541 000

Schools

The team provide training on type 1 diabetes to school staff.

If you would like to know more or access the training phone the office 01924 543 380 or email midyorkspaediatric.diabetes@nhs.net

Useful links

Dewsbury Young Diabetics aims to support families whose lives have been touched by diabetes. We organise regular meetings and information sessions and each year try to arrange activities to help children and families learn about the illness. 

Digibee logo

Digibete is a fantastic resource that has been developed by one of our patient families. It is a video platform designed to help families self-manage Type 1 diabetes and also prepare them for what to expect when they come to clinic for the first time.

Including: lipohypotrophy, injection sites and newly diagnosed information. Watch this video on how to give an injection of glucagon.

National Children and young people's diabetes network

CYPDN is a national network of families and diabetes healthcare providers, all working towards a standardised approach to care for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes. Since it was established in 2010 we have seen a significant improvement in HbA1c levels.

JDRF logo

JDRF is a global charity dedicated to funding research and providing support for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes UK logo

Diabetes UK is the largest charity focussed on diabetes research in the UK. It provides information and support for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. 

Locola logo

 

 

 

Locala provides the community care for North Kirklees.

Goals of diabetes logo

Goals of diabetes education is a structured education programme created by Novo Nordisk. It is divided into 6 age groups, designed to provide an overview of key facts that patients and their families should understand and be able to implement as they progress from diagnosis through to transition to the adult service.