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Adults with Diabetes

Support, education and specialist advice for adults with complex diabetes needs.

Adults with Diabetes

About the service

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.

We provide support, education and specialist advice for adults (over 16 years old) with complex diabetes needs, and their carers. This can be delivered in a group setting or on a one to one basis. Topics include:

  • Insulin management
  • Type 2 diabetes management
  • Managing diabetes during potentially difficult times such as illness and travelling
  • Caring for people with special needs and diabetes
  • Living with diabetes.

We work with the North Somerset diabetes network, voluntary groups and other diabetes specialists to improve services and raise awareness. We also provide specialist skills and advice to:

  • Practice nurses and GPs
  • Community nurses and matrons
  • Care and nursing home staff
  • Pharmacists, dietitians, podiatrists and all allied health professionals
  • Clinical supervision and support on a one-to-one basis for diabetes practice nurses.

Healthy weight services

There is support available locally to help you cope with your diabetes, your weight or if you want to become more active. Contact your GP for more information on accessing these services:

  • Healthy Lifestyle Services: support from health trainers to eat healthily, get active, lose weight and stop smoking.
  • Slimming on Referral: 12 free sessions at Weight Watchers with the aim of losing 5% bodyweight.
  • Community Weight Management Service: a community-based dietetics service offering group and individual support over three to six months with the aim of losing 5% bodyweight.

Local Support Groups

Weston-super-Mare
This group meets on the first Thursday of the month in the Waverley Suite at Weston General Hospital at 7.30pm. No appointment necessary. For further information call 01934 628985.

Nailsea, Backwell and District
For further information call 01275 268810 or visit www.nailsea-diabetes.org.uk 

Portishead
For further information call 01275 841630 (Diabetes Practice Nurse).

Peer Advisors in Diabetes

Peer advisors are volunteers with diabetes who have undergone training to help others and can offer advice, reassurance and support. For further information call 01934 881062.

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Who is this service for?

Adults over the age of 16 years who are having complex problems with their diabetes and require specialist nurse input. A nurse will assess the issues and develop a care plan.

If you are a healthcare professional and wish to refer a patient to the Adults with Diabetes Service, please visit our New Referrals page

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Contact us

Diabetes Specialist Nurse Office Locking Castle Medical Centre Highlands Lane Locking Castle Weston Super Mare North Somerset BS24 7DX
  • 01934 527114
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

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Case studies

Dean from Weston-Super-Mare attended our ‘Can I eat bananas?’ course and said:

"I wanted to write and give my thanks to those involved in organising the course. I must admit I didn’t relish the thought of 2 days in a classroom with strangers, getting told over and over things I already knew.

I couldn’t have been more wrong regarding the structure and content of the course. It was well-structured, extremely informative and you managed to answer everyone’s individual needs.

As a result of attending I am better informed and extremely confident in my ability to control my condition. I would willingly recommend any insulin-dependent diabetic to attend this course; you will learn a lot about your condition and treatment."

Ann from Winscombe saw our specialist nurse on a one-to-one basis and said:

"I am coping much better with far fewer under four readings at lunchtime and fewer high readings at bedtime; altogether all readings are far more level.

I am so grateful for your help and I must say a big thank you for your expert guidance and help with change over to Lantus and subsequent improvement."

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