Community Adult Diabetes Nursing Service

Educating and advising adults about living with diabetes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

Some parts of this service are operating in a different way. Specialist nursing clinics and non-essential home visit appointments will be carried out by phone or video call. Essential home visits will continue. We will be directly contacting patients or you can contact us, using the details below.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.

Contact us

SCS referral point
0300 123 3167
kentchft.scs.referralpoint@nhs.net
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Who we are

We are a team of experienced nurses with expertise in the care and treatment of diabetes. We provide education and advice to adults with type one, type two and gestational diabetes to help them manage their own condition.

What we do

The service runs nurse-led clinics across east Kent and visit patients in their homes if they are unable to travel to a clinic. We offer patients and carers advice about healthy living, diabetes treatments and initiation of insulin and other diabetes therapies that can be injected.

We also support clinics for pregnant women who have pre-existing diabetes and for those who develop it during their pregnancy.

DERIK
DERIK (Diabetes Education and Revision in Kent) is a structured education programme that has been designed to give you up to date information about living with type 2 diabetes.

The session aims to bring together people with type 2 diabetes, to give you an opportunity to share experiences about how well you can manage your diabetes on a day to day basis.

By taking part in DERIK you will:

  • Learn new skills to manage your diabetes
  • Develop confidence in the daily management of your diabetes
  • Meet others and share similar experiences
  • Learn about developing more effective relationships with healthcare professionals.

For more information please contact us at kcht.diabeteseducation@nhs.net.

KAT1E
KAT1E is a local educational course about living with type 1 diabetes. It helps you develop key skills and self-manage to suit your lifestyle choices.

The benefits of attending a KAT1E course may include:

  • reduction in hypos
  • potential for weight loss
  • increased confidence in diabetes self-management
  • improved wellbeing.

For more information please contact us at kcht.diabeteseducation@nhs.net.

How do you use this service?

You need to be referred by a GP or healthcare professional.

Your comments

April 2020
Thanet

(Staff name) is so careful in the understanding of myself and my condition, also he uses careful tools and ways to keep me on the straight and narrow. Doing a food diary, undestanding the levels of insulin to the ration of food intake - (carbs and cals), even when I have felt low, I always felf reassured afterwards.

March 2020
Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay

Overseeing the whole picture in perspective. Better understanding of the management of health. (DERIK Education Session)

March 2020
Ashford

Big thank you for help and support in the change of my lifestyle.

March 2020
Ashford

Excellent advice. Very knowledgeable and personable.

February 2020
DERIK Education Session

Open and frank discussion.

February 2020
DERIK Education Session

Good explanation of all aspect of problems associated with diabetes and things to do.

February 2020
Diabetes Nursing - Ashford

Friendly, easy going approach, didn't talk down on me. They explained everything very well.

February 2020
Diabetes Nursing - Shepway

Excellent staff, very helpful, giving plenty of information, more exercise, less junk food, and proper meals.

January 2020
Canterbury

Really helpful and capable nurses.

January 2020
DERIK Education Session

A very good session. I feel I have been given the go-ahead to assert myself more by asking for information I will certainly know how to deal with my diabetes more confidently and I feel I am more competent. After all I know my body better than anyone!

January 2020
Ashford

All the staff are very caring and will always make sure to take all of your needs seriously.

January 2020
DERIK Education Session

An extremely useful and very informative course, well worth attending.

December 2019
Ashford

(Staff name) was incredibly thorough, informative, responsive to my needs and pro active in addressing my concerns. Superb experience. (Staff name) is a very excellent person and open to hear, discuss and inform. Would recoommend (staff name) to anyone.

December 2019
Ashford

Diabetic 42 years. Best information given at appointment. Consisting of care delivery and continuity.

July 2019
Shepway

I found that everything I needed to know was explained in simple language and nothing was too much bother.

July 2019
Dover/Deal

Polite staff. Gets to the issue in hand.

July 2019
Ashford

Very satisfied with appointment. Very educational.

Jun-19
Shepway

Excellent service. Informative, responsive, gave me time to discuss issues.

Jun-19
Canterbury

Very insightful and knowledgeable staff. Helpful and understanding.

Jun-19
Canterbury

Understanding. Good planning. Appointments timely. Thorough. Organised. Professional. Caring. Supportive.

February 2019
Canterbury

I feel for the first time like I am being looked after properly.

February 2019
Thanet

Informative without overloading. Patient, calm (and calming), reassuring.

February 2019
Canterbury

Able to answer all my questions very thoroughly.

January 2019
Ashford

The course was very informative and I enjoyed speaking to people with same conditions who I could relate to.

January 2019
Shepway

Helpful, friendly and polite staff.

January 2019
Canterbury

Appointment has been very helpful. No one has ever explained to me before how food affects the blood glucose. The nurse explained everything very clearly. I learnt much more in one appointment than over the last 4 years.

January 2019
Shepway

I received all the help I needed. Nurse was very caring and helpful.

June 2018
Thanet

Always given good advice and nurses always friendly.

June 2018
Shepway

I feel the diabetic team is vital in giving confidence and providing support to those suffering with diabetes.

June 2018
Shepway

The best and most positive treatment and support I have ever received. I am a cautious person and not prone to statements unless true.

April 2018
Thanet

I am going away much more motivated and confident about managing my diabetes and taking control.

April 2018
Canterbury

What an amazing service - could not be more helpful. I was kept in contact. Staff were professional, polite and efficient. I feel really well cared for.

March 2018
Thanet

Very helpful, supportive, caring. Listened to what I had to say.

March 2018
Canterbury

Diabetes Specialist nurse happy to listen to my problems maintaining good control and offered solutions that worked well. Able to contact service when needed via office. Good service to patients.

January 2018
Canterbury

The team member that dealt with me was empathetic, understanding and warm; she made me feel valued and respected as a person.

January 2018
Thanet

So much help and support which is invaluable.

February 2018
Canterbury

Wonderful care and advice. Really helpful just when I needed it.

February 2018
Thanet

Very helpful, supportive, caring. Listened to what I had to say