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Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital: Diabetes Educational Centre

Description:

Diabetes is a condition where not enough insulin is produced in the body.

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas which controls the absorbtion and release of sugar and fat in the body.

The Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital strives to provide optimal, comprehensive care to child and family by education, support and regular contact.

DIABETIC EMERGENCIES

1. HYPOGLYCAEMIA (Low blood sugar)
Signs and symptoms to look for
  • Sweaty
  • Shaky
  • Sleepy
  • Dizzy
  • Confused
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Hungry

 

TEST BLOOD SUGAR
If less than 5 - give food
If less than 4 - give something sweet eg: sugar, glucogel, jam, coke, juice. Then give food

2. DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS
Signs and symptoms to look for
  • Thirsty and dehydrate
  • Passing excessive urine
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Illness
  • Blood glucose > 14
  • Tired and weak

DOCTORS AVAILABLE AT CLINIC
Tues: 8:00 - 11:00
Thurs: 8:00 - noon

MEDICINE COLLECTION
Mon - Thurs 7:00 - 16:00

Please always phone first

Please phone and cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend. This allows us to put someone else in your place.

USEFUL CONTACTS
Diabetes South Africa DSA: 021 425 4440
Medic Alert: 021 525 7328
www.idf.org
www.diabetes.org
www.diabetes.org.uk

Instructions:

WHEN ATTENDING THE DIABETES CLINIC:

  • Collect your folder at S13
  • Remember your machine & diary

We will measure your

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood Glucose
  • HbA1c

We will take bloods from you once a year

We will issue you as required with

  • Insulin vials and/or pensets
  • Syringes, pen needles
  • Blood glucose strips
  • Urine ketone strips
  • Glucogel & glucogon

Please do not accumulate extra stock and allow your medication to expire.

REMEMBER:

  • Always keep your insulin in a cool place especially during the summer months.
  • Get your eyes checked every year.
  • Let us know if you change your address or telephone numbers.

CLINIC ACTIVITIES

  • Camps
  • Parent Support groups
  • Christmas party
  • 24 hour counselling

CONTACT DETAILS

Diabetes Unit, Red Cross Hospital
Tel: 021 658 5035
Fax: 021 658 5544

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The content on this page was last updated on 3 October 2013