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Diabetes

The Bristol and Weston Paediatric Diabetes Service provides diabetes care to children and young people in the South West. here are approximately 500 children and young people who attend our service, which makes us one of the biggest children's diabetes teams in the country.

Our aim is to provide high quality seamless care for type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and young people. This involves providing multidisciplinary team input and cutting edge information on new therapies.

The team

Consultants

The consultants lead the diabetes team in the management of your child's diabetes. All newly diagnosed children are admitted to hospital for assessment and education on the management of diabetes. Your consultant will discuss with you and decide on the treatment plan for your child and the insulin regimen best suited to their clinical condition and age. A consultant will meet your child on the hospital ward and then in outpatient clinic a few weeks later. After that clinic visits will be every three months.

Paediatric diabetes specialist nurses

Paediatric diabetes specialist nurses (PDSNs) care for children with diabetes and their families. A PDSN will visit you on the hospital ward following your child's diagnosis and start the education required for safe management of diabetes in the home. Education continues in the community at home and visits are also made to schools and playschools to educate all carers in the care of a child with diabetes.

Dietiticians

The dieticians provide advice on food choices, which is an essential part of the management of diabetes, and ensure a child has a balanced diet. A dietician will visit you and your child on the hospital ward to assess their diet and advise on any adjustments needed. They will then provide local ongoing support at outpatient clinics and education sessions.

Clinical psychologists

We know that diabetes challenges many aspects of life for the child and family in different ways and at differing points throughout childhood and adolescence. This can lead to emotional distress and place strain on the young person and family members. It is important that children and families have access to appropriate support in managing this. The clinical psychologist is available to support you with a variety of issues and help minimise distress from diagnosis onwards. Please discuss with a member of the team if you would like help from the clinical psychologist or alternatively contact psychological health services