Diabetes (children)

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. High blood glucose levels over time may cause complications associated with diabetes including damage to small and large blood vessels and nerves. This can result in blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and amputations. However, with good diabetes care and blood glucose control, the risks of complications are markedly reduced.

Effective management of diabetes involves balancing lifestyle changes with medication and building  knowledge and skills on how to manage every day activities.

General information

  • There are more male than female children and young people diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes  in the UK
  • Prevalence rates of Type 1 diabetes have remained stable since 2013/14, however there have been consistent increases in prevalence amongst children aged 5-9 since 2012/13.
  • There were 2807 children and young people aged 0 - 15 years old newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2016/17, giving an incidence of 25.4 per 100,000 general population.
  • Incidence was similar amongst males (25.9 per 100,000) compared to females (24.4 per 100,000).
  • Seasonal variation in rates of diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was found, with higher rates in January compared to rates in the summer months.

National Paediatric Diabetes Audit 2016-2017


The Diabetes Team

The team supporting children and young people and families who live with diabetes is a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a Consultant Paediatrician specialising in diabetes, Clinical Paediatric Nurse Specialist, Dietitian, Psychologist and Family Support Worker.

The team will provide the following support.

  • Provide up-to-date, accurate and consistent information about diabetes disorders, treatment options and local services
  • Helping children, young people and families  who have diabetes to understand the risks and benefits of their current situation, management choice and any alternative treatment options
  • Providing appropriate information to help make choices about care easier and understandable.
  • Provide the knowledge and skills needed for the choices made.
  • Identify and explore current health beliefs and the factors which motivate how to manage  diabetes.
  • Use an individual approach which encourages the child /young person to be at the center of treatment options and decision making.
  • Provide education to schools to enable the child and young person to feel safe at school and to reach their full educational potential.
  • To support other agencies who are involved with children and young people in other area of their life.

Where do we offer this service?

We provide a diabetes services at all three of our hospitals:

Out patient service is held at the following sites:-

Dewsbury and District Hospital –  Childrens outpatients

Pinderfields Hospital –   Childrens Centre

Pontefract Hospital   –   Childrens Centre

Main Office base is Pinderfields Hospital Rowan House Aberford Road Wakefield WF14DG

Telephone number 01924543380/543381

When do we offer this service?

Dewsbury and District Hospital – Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Pinderfields Hospital – Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Pontefract Hospital – Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm


Contact details

Paediatric Diabetes Advice Service

For routine enquires Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm





Katie Gallear

Tel: 01924 543380

Mob: 07899 901169


16+ Nurse

Sally Jennians

Tel 01924






Ena Watson

Tel: 01924 543381

Mob: 07595 792655

Single Point of Contact (SPO) - Kate Scott and Rebecca Leeming.

03003 045555










If your child/young person  is ill with the following

  • General illness that affect blood sugars.
  • Vomiting
  • High blood Ketones
  • Severe Hypo Reaction



Please telephone 01924 541008 Daily 7.00am to 8.00pm including bank holidays and weekends.  

Please leave a name and contact number, including STD code, and a member of the Paediatric Diabetes team will contact you.

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

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

For your information:

Pinderfields Hospital Switchboard Number is: 01924 541000

Retinal Screening contact number: 01924 541217.

Patient information leaflets

1955a paediatric diabetes service illness type 1.pdf 138KB 
Glucagon Patient Information.[pdf] 199KB
An Introduction to Diabetes.[pdf] 1MB
Living Well with Diabetes.[pdf] 354KB
Recommended Practice for Schools.[pdf] 65KB
Management of Hypoglycaemia- crib sheet 2019.[pdf]
Sick Day Rules.[pdf] 210KB
Suitable Injection Sites Leaflet.[pdf] 172KB
Footcare Leaflet.[pdf] 490KB
Footcare Leaflet.[pdf] 490KB
Diabetic eye screening [pdf] 3MB
Carbohydrate Counting -  your School Meal in Kirklees [pdf] 409KB

Further advice and resources

You may find the following websites and contacts helpful:

DUK – Diabetes UK

JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

JDRF Talking T1 Schools Programme

Digibete – young persons’ diabetes support service