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Diabetes care service 

The Diabetes Care Service (DCS) offers a specialized approach to meet the needs of patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes. At the DCS, the person living with diabetes is recognized as the most important member of the care team. The program exists to help people with self-management of this chronic disease. Controlling diabetes is the best way to prevent or delay its damaging long-term complications. The DCS promotes and provides timely access to quality diabetes education and care for those living in Greater Sudbury and Northeastern Ontario.

Inter-professional health care team members are available to support people with diabetes. This team includes chiropodists, dietitians, endocrinologist, internist, nurses, nurse practitioners, pediatricians, pharmacists, physiotherapists and social workers.

Diabetes Care Service offers the following programs:

Adult Program

This program is for adults with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It offers individual sessions with a dietitian, nurse, and/or social worker. A chiropodist is also available, however, the team will assess eligibility first. The program also offers group classes. You do not require a referral from a primary care provider; self-referrals are accepted. You can find a self-referral form in the “Patient resources” section below.

Insulin Pump Program

This program is for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who use an insulin pump. It offers individual and group sessions with nurse, dietitian, social worker and endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) to support insulin pump management. You require a referral from a primary care provider or medical specialist.

The Pregnancy Program (Gestational Diabetes)

This program is intended for women with gestational diabetes and pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes. We offer individual sessions with a nurse, dietitian, social worker and internist to help manage diabetes throughout your pregnancy. You require a referral from a primary care provider or medical specialist. 

Complex Diabetes Care

The Complex Diabetes Care is for patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are living with complications from diabetes or have other health conditions that make managing diabetes more difficult. This program offers individual sessions with a nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, social worker, physiotherapist, and internist or endocrinologist. A chiropodist is also available however the team will assess eligibility first. Nurse Practitioners offers primary care for patients with complex diabetes who do not have a primary care provider. This program requires a referral from a physician or nurse practitioner.

Please discuss referrals with your family physician or nurse practitioner.

Taking care of diabetes may feel like a fulltime job and can burden the person with diabetes. The Diabetes Care Service staff can help people living with diabetes cope with having a chronic illness. It is important for people with diabetes to determine when the time is right for them to access the education and support available through the Diabetes Care Service.

 

We offer several types of appointments in both English and French to help accommodate your needs: telephone, telemedicine or in person. Appointments vary in length and you will be told the length of your appointment at the time of booking.

Please be prepared to bring the following to your appointment:

  • medications; list and bottles, including vitamins and supplements
  • glucometer
  • copy of blood sugar records
  • snacks / hydration
  • proper footwear (sneakers) if you are seeing a physiotherapist

Foot screening may be performed at an in-person appointment.

 

The entrance to the Sudbury Outpatient Centre is located off of York Street - directly at the top of the hill. Upon arrival, you will notice a parking lot on the right hand side. Patients are encouraged to use this lot. When you go through the gate, you will press a button, which will then provide you with a ticket. After your appointment, you have two options:

  1. Bring the ticket to a “Pay Station” located inside the centre. Upon payment, you will receive a validated ticket. Use this ticket to exit the lot.
  2. You may pay with Visa or MasterCard at the gate upon exiting the lot.
 

 
Contact Us
Address

Health Sciences North
Sudbury Outpatient Centre
Diabetes Care Service
865 Regent Street South
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 3Y9

Phone: 705-671-6601

Phone: 1-800-735-3656

Fax: 705-671-5634

Office Hours: Monday to Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.