Children and young people's diabetes

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    “It’s about making every young person with diabetes matter…”

    Rebecca Thompson, the UK’s first consultant nurse for children & young people’s diabetes

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    “The care my daughter gets here is gold standard. She feels safe and listened to – the improvement started after the first appointment…”
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    "An efficient, well regarded paediatric diabetes team that is committed to providing a high quality service."
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    “Before this, I felt isolated because I hadn’t spoken to others my age about diabetes.”

    (From our Tree of Life project)

  • Latest information

     Medtronic enlite availability update (July 2017)

    We have been having meetings with Medtronic regarding enlite availability. As you may be aware, Medtronic are experiencing limited availability of stock, due to having a significant increase in demand internationally. Medtronic believe that supply constraints are likely to remain for some months.

    This is going to impact on the diabetes service at UCLH for new patients starting on CGM and we apologise for this. However, Medtronic have assured us that patients already using enlite sensors will be able to continue ordering sensors. UCLH ask that families follow advice given by Medtronic and that you continue to order sensors based on your previous usage and ordering patterns.

    Medtronic diabetes care team is available from 08:30 to 17:00 to provide additional support and answer questions. They can be contacted on 01923 205 167 (option 5)


    There has been some important safety information regarding NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 insulin pens.

    Novo Nordisk has detected that the insulin cartridge holder used in a small number of NovoPen Echo and NovoPen 5 batches may crack or break if exposed to certain chemicals, for example certain cleaning agents. If you use these pens, please check your pen's batch number to determine whether your pen is affected and needs changing. For instructions of where to find the batch number and to request a replacement cartridge holder, go to:


    EN ISO 15197: 2015 compliant self-monitoring blood glucose meters and testing strips

    In 2013, the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) revised their quality standards for self-monitoring blood glucose meters to provide stricter accuracy criteria. A transition period was allowed but all new blood glucose meters are expected to meet these standards. Whilst non-compliant meters should not have been produced in the last year, some of the meters are still in circulation and associated test strips were available on prescription. As of 30th of June 2017, affected strips are no longer supplied by the manufacturers.

    Current blood glucose meters supplied by the paediatric and adolescent diabetes team, meet these new criteria (e.g. Contour next; Aviva Expert; freestyle optium neo and Accu-Chek mobile). However, if you have an older meter and have concerns please speak either to your GP or the diabetes team.

    Changes to Lucozade Energy - New Hypoglycaemia treatment guidelines

    Lucozade energy original and Lucozade energy orange will contain 50% less glucose from the 1st April 2017. The amount needed to treat hypoglycaemia will change.

    Check the label of all Lucozade bought after 1st April as both new and old formulation will be available to buy until stocks of ‘old’ product run out.

    Find out more >

    Hypo treatment guidelines: New formulation Lucozade



  • About us

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    We know that coping with diabetes isn’t always easy. But we’re here to help you.

    We’re part of a teaching hospital with state-of-the-art facilities and an award-winning team consisting of specialist doctors, nurses, psychologists and dietitians.

    Our nationally-recognised service helps children and young people (up to 19 years) with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, maturity onset diabetes in the young and secondary diabetes (with steroid therapy).

    • We support children with multiple daily insulin injections.
    • We are a centre for insulin pump therapy (a more flexible alternative to injections for some).
    • We run a children’s clinic, adolescent clinic, transition clinics and intensive therapy sessions.
    • We have an adolescent ward for young people struggling with diabetes.
    • We provide integrated specialist psychological support to all young people.

    Above all, we’re here to deliver a high quality and responsive diabetes service that maximises health and wellbeing for children, young people and families.

    So it’s little wonder that we’re the top diabetes service in the country (National Paediatric Diabetes Audit 2011-2012).

    But we can’t do it without your help – the role of both parents and patients is vital. Our long term aim is to encourage and support you as an expert diabetes carer.

  • Living with diabetes

  • What should a good diabetes service look like?

  • Choosing to have your treatment at UCLH