Diabetes Management

At the University Medical Centre, we do not run a special diabetes clinic – we are happy to see you at a time convenient for you through the normal appointments system.

Student life can put new demands onto your diabetic care. We invite all new students registering with diabetes to come and see a doctor at the Medical Centre to discuss and review their individual treatment and care.

The local diabetic specialists can offer you care whist you are studying in Canterbury. If you would prefer to be seen by them, we can refer you. However, if you intend to continue visiting the diabetic clinic in your home area, would you please let them know of your new registration with our Practice and give them our address. This is so that copies of clinic letters will be sent to us for inclusion in your NHS medical record. Additionally, even if you are attending a hospital clinic please make an appointment to see the doctor or practice nurse on a regular basis so that we can ensure you are receiving the best possible care.  The care we can provide compliments that of the hospital care.

Each year we arrange for the retinal eye screening unit to visit on campus – this is a vital part of your long term healthcare and we would urge you to attend – to save time, your appointment with the practice nurse can usually be made on the same day. We will invite you by letter when the dates are arranged.

We recommend that patients with diabetes receive immunisation against pneumococcal infection and are offered annual ‘influenza vaccination. We generally run an immunisation clinic in the October – please make an appointment by contacting the receptionist on 01227 469333. If you are unable to make it to the clinic on the given day, please let us know and we can make alternative arrangements for your immunisation.

We would strongly advise you to inform a flat mate or neighbour in your residency of your diabetes, so that someone knows to seek help on your behalf in case of emergency.

If you have any ongoing worries about your diabetes, do please come in and see us at the Medical Centre.

We also have an excellent diabetes community liaison nursing service who can be contacted on 01843 234470 for general advice or go to the  Diabetes UK website.