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Diabetes Clinic

The Pediatric Diabetes Clinic provides care to children with diabetes and their families.

We welcome:

  • All children and youth up to 18
  • Children who have just learned they have diabetes and those who have had diabetes for many years

We provide family-centered care. This means the care we provide reflects what matters most to our patients and their families.

Care We Provide

At the clinic:

  • Your child and family members will work closely with our team members
  • We work together to make a plan for your child’s care
  • We will help your child and family members learn about diabetes and how to live well

The ultimate goal of the program is to generate a detailed assessment of clinical, psychosocial, and metabolic data that can be used to create a personalized care plan for each child based on the key factors contributing to their diabetes.

Our team is also involved in research and outreach visits to community hospitals. We are part of the Ontario Network of Pediatric Diabetes Programs.

What to Bring

If visiting the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic:

  • Your child’s Health Card. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit
  • Your child’s blood glucose meter.
  • Your child’s log book.
  • List and dosage of any medications your child takes.
  • Any forms you need signed by the physician.

If visiting the Pediatric and Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes Program:

  • Your child’s Health Card. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit.
  • Any relevant test results (e.g. x-rays) or letters from another institution or doctor.
  • Any notes or questions that you may have.
  • List of current medications and allergies.
  • If scheduled for an exercise assessment, please bring running shoes, shorts, t-shirt, active wear

When you arrive, please check-in at the reception desk. The Business Clerk will register you in the electronic system so that your team will know that you have arrived.

Note: If your child is unwell or has a communicable disease such as Chicken Pox or has been in contact with someone with Chicken Pox, please call the clinic before you come to the hospital.

Team Members

Our team includes physicians (pediatric endocrinologist), nurse practitioner, registered nurse, registered dietitian, diabetes nurse, exercise physiologist, kinesiologist, social worker, and child life specialist.

About Diabetes

  • Diabetes is a life-long condition that affects how your body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood. Your body needs sugar for energy.
  • With diabetes, the sugar from the food you eat and drink stays in your blood instead of going into your cells.
  • There is too much sugar in your blood.
  • The cells don’t have sugar to use as energy. You may feel run down or tired.

What’s going on with Type 2 diabetes?

How the body uses sugar without diabetes:

  • The foods you eat are broken down into sugar and other nutrients, which are absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • Sugar in the blood triggers the pancreas to release a hormone called insulin into the bloodstream.
  • Insulin acts like a key, opening the door to each cell so sugar can get in.
  • The cells use sugar like fuel, for energy.

What happens with Type 2 diabetes:

  • The foods you eat are broken down into sugar and other nutrients, which are absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • The pancreas can’t make enough insulin or your cells can’t use the insulin properly. When insulin isn’t available or working properly, the door to each cell remains closed. Sugar cannot get in. It stays in the bloodstream.
  • The cells have no sugar for energy. The amount of sugar in the blood gets too high. High blood sugar can cause symptoms and lead to health problems.

Referral Process

If you would like your child to have an appointment, ask your doctor to refer your child to the Pediatric Diabetes Clinic.

We welcome all children and youth up to 18 years of age, including children who have just learned they have diabetes and those who have had diabetes for many years.

Referrals are made from a pediatrician, family doctor or nurse practitioner by faxing the required form to the specialist as instructed below.

  1. For instructions, please refer to the following document: How to refer a Patient
  2. Review the Guidelines for a Pediatric Diabetes Referral to a Tertiary Care Centre: Consultation to tertiary PDEP
  3. Complete and fax a Diabetes referral form: Pediatric Diabetes Program Referral Form

All referrals can be faxed directly to the clinic at 905-521-5056.

Urgent Referrals: The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.