About this service

Children’s diabetes service: Colchester

Colchester children’s diabetes service is a multi-professional team supporting all children and young people with diabetes up to 19 years of age.

The aim of the team is to:

  • Provide evidence based care for children with diabetes with the prevention of long term complications, reducing/ preventing hospital admissions.

We provide:

  • Education, training and support at diagnosis for the child, young person and their family as well as on-going support in line with NICE and Best practice guidelines
  • Support in school settings with education, training and personalised care plans
  • Insulin pump service
  • Designated age banded clinics for service users including an adolescent clinic
  • 24 hour access to specialist advice

We also:

  • Engage in the East of England children’s diabetes network
  • Contribute in the national paediatric diabetes audit (NPDA)
  • Participate in the national diabetes Peer review process
  • Participate in diabetes research
  • Offer the opportunity for service users to attend fun and educational events

The team: 

Lead paediatric consultant with an interest in diabetes – Dr Nicola Cackett

Paediatric consultant with an interest in diabetes – Dr Rajeev Shinkar

Children’s diabetes clinical nurse specialists – Natalie Jordan, Jennie Sharp, Kelly Turner and Stana Cantwell

Children’s diabetes specialist dietitian’s – Anna Groom and Meghan Vickery

How to contact the service:

The service operates Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and the diabetes team can be contacted by calling 01206 742758.

An out of hours service, which gives advice to parents and children/young people who are known to the Colchester team is available Monday to Friday, 5 pm to 8 am, and 24 hours a day during weekends and bank holidays. The number to contact is: 01438 285000.

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