Q. What is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse?
The role of the DSN was first introduced over 60 years ago to educate and support people living with diabetes and their families at all stages of their lives. It was even more common in the 1980s with the introduction of self- monitoring of blood glucose and changes in the type of insulin available.
DSNs offer the following services:
- Diabetes Specialist Nurse led clinics
- Medicines management meeting international guidelines showing cost effectiveness and improved safety
- Support for new therapies providing training and guidelines
- Joint initiatives between hospital, community or intermediate care working and provide support for other primary care professionals.
- Manage and respond to both patient and healthcare professional queries through telephone and electronic methods
- Structured education programs for patients
Q. Do I need to see the doctor to be seen at the Center? Can I just go to another service provider?
No, a doctor’s visit is not required to be seen at the Center. An initial assessment by a nurse is required.
Q. I am not diabetic but can I be seen at the Center?
Not routinely, but if you wish to have a screening done we offer that service.
Q. What are your opening hours?
Monday- Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Q. I was just recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes/ diabetes. Do you have a specific diabetes reversal program?
Not at this time. However, our multidisciplinary approach to diabetes and prediabetes patient can help them in regaining a normal HbA1c through physician consult, dietary and exercise specialist input.
Q. Do you do screening at public events?
No. For public events screening please contact the Diabetes Association at 427-9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. If I am diabetic, it is essential that the podiatrist see me?
Persons living with diabetes should be seen by a podiatrist at least annually.