WHAT WE OFFER
Patients referred to Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s (PRHC) Diabetes Care Clinic will receive education either individually or in a group setting in a clinic that has been recognized for meeting the standards for Diabetes education in Canada.
Our integrated healthcare team provides self-management education and care for individuals over the aged of 18, and their family members, who are:
- Adults with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
- Newly diagnosed or those interested in updating their knowledge
- Women with diabetes in pregnancy (Gestational Diabetes)
Patients under the age of 18 with diabetes will be referred to PRHC’s Pediatric Diabetes Education Centre.
We offer diabetes self-management education that includes:
Individual education on a one-to-one basis with a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian who are Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE)
Group education for pre-diabetes with a Register Nurse and Registered Dietitian CDE allowing a person the opportunity to learn from and with others
Initiation of insulin education and ongoing follow up including preparation and administration using insulin pens, pumps and conventional syringes, along with prevention and management of hypoglycemia
Gestational diabetes education
Assistive devices program (ADP) support to give patients increased independence and control of their diabetes
Instruction for clients diagnosed with Impaired Fasting Glucose (IGF) or Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT)
WHO WE ARE
Our interprofessional team works together to offer you the tools you need (advice regarding meal planning, exercise, blood sugar monitoring and use of oral medication/insulin etc.) to self-manage your diabetes. The team includes:
HOW TO REFER TO THE DIABETES CARE CLINIC
Patients can self refer to our clinic by calling the Centralized Diabetes Intake office at 1-888-997-9996. We also accept physician referrals by fax to 1-905-444-2544.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. There are different types of Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas no longer produces any or very little insulin. The body needs insulin to use sugar as an energy source. Type 1 Diabetes often develops in people under 25 years of age but can occur at any age. Treatment is insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to meet the body’s needs or the insulin is not used effectively. Type 2 usually occurs in people over the age of 25 and affects 90% of people with diabetes. In recent years there has been an increase in Type 2 diabetes in children. Treatment is oral medication and may include insulin.
Gestational Diabetes is a temporary condition that occurs during pregnancy. It affects approximately three (3) to twenty (20) per cent of all pregnancies and involves an increased risk of developing diabetes for both mother and child.