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Princess Margaret Hospital

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Diabetes Service

Our family-focused services include:

  • Inpatient care and assessment
  • Intensive inpatient and outpatient family education and support and medical care in the early months following diagnosis
  • 24 hour triage phone support
  • Ongoing medical care, guidance and education on diabetes management
  • Clinic visits at least four times a year to closely monitor your child’s condition
  • An in-depth review every year, including health screening and education updates
  • Psychological and social support as required
  • Liaison with other health and education professionals involved in your child’s care
  • A planned transition to an adult diabetes service at around 18 years of age

Download Diabetes: What to Expect a guide for patients and their families brochure for more information on the services available.

What to do if you think your child has diabetes

Diabetes develops gradually, but the symptoms may seem to come on suddenly. If you notice your child has any of the symptoms listed here and below, make an appointment with your family doctor promptly to discuss your concerns.

The early and most common symptoms of diabetes are: drinking a lot, weeing a lot, bed wetting at night and tiredness. Children may also complain of tummy pain, loss of appetite, nausea, blurred vision and be irritable or moody.

You may also see weight loss, changes in breathing (faster and/or deeper) and vomiting – these are advanced signs of diabetes and are potentially dangerous when other symptoms are present. If you are not able to see your family doctor for review of any of the above symptoms, please attend your nearest Emergency Department.

Endocrinology Service

We offer multidisciplinary services for acute and chronic endocrine (hormone-related) conditions providing specific and individualized medical care, guidance and education. If your child’s hormone issue is a primary (standalone) condition, our team will lead their assessment and management at PMH. We also work with other clinical teams in the hospital and community when hormone issues arise secondary to another disorder or treatment. Adult endocrinologists are members of our team to provide optimal transition around 18 years of age.

Healthy Weight Service

The Healthy Weight Service was formerly known as CLASP.

The Healthy Weight Service offers a range of family-based lifestyle change programs run by an experienced team of specialist health professionals. The programs are interactive, educational and promote a long term healthy lifestyle and involve regular appointments and support at PMH generally over a period of 6-12 months.

The programs include:

  • Busy Bodies Group (2 - 6 years)
  • The Bodysmart Detective Agency (7-12 years)
  • Bodysmart Group (12-16 years).

Find out more about the Healthy Weight Service.

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