The Oldham Diabetes Service provides high quality specialist diabetes care to adults aged 18 and above. We are a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Specialist Nurses, Specialist Dietitians, Consultant Diabetologists and specialty doctors based at Glodwick Health Centre Oldham. The team is also supported by an Assistant Practitioner, a Health Care assistant and administrative staff. We work closely with the hospital based specialist Diabetes team to provide seamless diabetes care.
People with diabetes can be seen in a variety of clinic locations throughout the borough and home visits including residential/nursing homes can be arranged where appropriate.
Patient care is on an individual basis with the aim to optimise diabetes management and reduce the risk of long term complications. This includes the optimisation of oral therapies and the initiation of all other available injectable treatments.
This support empowers patients to look after their health and well-being and promotes self-care and independence. Often the team work closely with other community health care professionals for those who require additional support.
Patients’ are discharged back to their own GP practice once their individual agreed targets have been achieved.
The service also provides education and training for health care professional on diabetes related topics.
- The service offers structured education to newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients.
- Appropriate referrals to the service will be triaged to the most appropriate clinician or if multiple clinicians required a multidisciplinary clinic appointment may be offered. A choice of venues to attend will be offered. The consultation may include:
- Individualised dietary advice
- Agreed changes to diabetes treatment and monitoring
- Diabetes education and advice on self-management
- Education and support with use of flash Glucose monitoring system in patients who satisfy local and National criteria
Referrals are made to other services where required including Podiatry, district nurses, weight management / lifestyle intervention programmes and other specialist services if indicated.
If attending a clinic for the first time, you will have a full assessment including blood pressure, weight check and the clinician will take a history of your current health and medications. Any concerns you have will be discussed and you will be involved in decisions about your future treatment options and potential benefits. You will be provided a copy of the agreed management plan which will be shared with your GP.
It is helpful if you bring your current medications or recent prescription list and your blood glucose meter (if you are using one).
Please inform us of any changes to your contact details.
If you need an interpreter, please request one prior to the appointment. Details will be on your appointment letter or you can book one here.
Royal Oldham Hospital -Diabetic Centre
You can be referred to our diabetes service via the NHS e-referral service by your GP or by the inpatient diabetes team following a hospital admission.
The service has specific referral criteria which is shared with local GP practices.