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Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital

Insulin is a hormone which allows the body to move sugar from our blood into our cells, so that it can be used in bodily metabolism. When the body does not have enough insulin, our blood sugar rises, the cells suffer and the individual develops a condition known as Diabetes. 

Our Diabetes service provides care for children and young adults with all forms of diabetes, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, monogenic diabetes and secondary diabetes.

The dedicated diabetes team includes a specialist paediatric endocrinologist, qualified diabetes nurse educator, a dietician and psychologists. Our aim is to provide a welcoming environment and we work with a family oriented approach.

We can provide confirmation of the underlying diagnosis, along with support and personalised management plans including diet and exercise advice, management of high and low blood sugar, sick day management, coping with diabetes and school, getting a drivers license, and management of oral medications or insulin in the form of daily injections or an insulin pump.

We have an insulin pump start service with a short waiting list, involving strong patient support from our endocrinologist, diabetes educator and dietician.

The following practitioners at CPMG are involved with diabetes care:

Samantha Bridgland is a Registered Nurse and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE). She trained and worked for several years at the Royal Children's Hospital, and has been working with patients and their families with type 1 diabetes, in both the private and Public sector.

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