The Diabetes Education Service of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service employs three Diabetes Educators. The service works closely with the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Podiatry Department.

We provide individual assessment and diabetes self-management education to inpatients /outpatients with newly diagnosed or pre-existing Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) their families and friends.

Other services include:

  • Training in the use of blood glucose meters
  • Insulin stabilisation and training in the use of insulin delivery systems
  • Monthly Diabetes Group Education Program
  • Evening Diabetes Group Education Program
  • Diabetes Group Review Programs
  • Participation in Community Awareness program.

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Eligibility

Patients with newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes are given the highest priority and in most cases will be seen within 24 business hours by the Diabetes Educator.

Individuals who are symptomatic and have moderate to large blood or urine ketones are medically assessed and commenced on insulin therapy immediately. Where this is not possible they are referred to the hospital emergency department for immediate treatment and consideration for admission.

People with Type 2 Diabetes commencing insulin stabilisation are also given priority and efforts are made by the Diabetes Educator to see these patients within one week of first contact. If blood glucose levels are markedly elevated and/or the patient is symptomatic of hyperglycaemia they will be seen in most cases within 24 business hours. Where this is not possible they are referred to the hospital emergency department for immediate treatment and consideration for admission.

Waiting times of two to three weeks may occur for people with diabetes if demands on the service at the time are high and the patient is otherwise well.

People with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes may be referred to the Monthly Diabetes Group Education Program if a lengthy delay is unavoidable.

Patients with newly diagnosed Gestational Diabetes are given priority and in most cases will be seen by the Diabetes Educator within three days.

Referral

Referrals from a health service provider are preferred but are not essential. Bookings are essential.

Urgent cases

For urgent cases during office hours contact 02 9485 6133 or 02 9477 9123 and ask for an educator to be paged. Out of office hours present to the Emergency Department.

Quick links

Australian Diabetes Educators Association: www.adea.com.au

Australian Diabetes Council: www.australiandiabetescouncil.com

Type 1 Diabetes - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: www.jdrf.org.au

The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS): www.ndss.com.au

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Building 14, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
Derby Road, Hornsby, NSW 2077

Finding Us: 

Two hour parking is available on Derby Rd but is limited. Building 14  is accessible via Gate 6A Derby Rd.

Postal:
Hornsby Diabetes Education Service,
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital,  Building 14 Derby Rd,
Hornsby NSW 2077

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Mon – Fri
8am - 4.30pm

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Direct telephone line: 02 9485 6133

After hours: Contact via the Hornsby Hospital switch 02 9477 9123.