The diabetes service at CCDHB is a regional specialist service that currently has five related components:
- Specialist Endocrine & Diabetes clinics (including urgent referral Registrar clinics) held in the Endocrine, Diabetes & Research Centre on level 5 of the Grace Neill Building and at Kenepuru Hospital, Kenepuru Main Outpatients Department
- Specialist Nursing clinics are also based in the same locations.
- Antenatal Diabetes clinics are held in the Wellington Regional Hospital on level 3.
- Multidisciplinary Outreach clinics are held in the Wellington and Porirua community.
- An Adolescent diabetes (transitional to adult) service held at Paediatric Outpatients, level 5 Grace Neill Building.
Each of these services has clinics based at other facilities including Kenepuru, Kapiti Health Centre and Masterton Hospitals. These services all work with primary providers in the region by managing complex cases that are referred to them. Diabetes Education and Management incorporates a community dietetic service and a secondary podiatry service.
The Endocrine, Diabetes & Research Centre is home to the Wellington Diabetes Research Centre staff as well as the Diabetes Nurses. Janet Kumar is the Office Administrator who is usually the first person of contact within the building.
The Wellington Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist Teams:
Lorna Bingham: Nurse Practitioner (Candidate). Responsible for coordination of Clinical Nursing Practice across DHB and consults in Nurse Led Clinics in both Primary and Secondary care settings. Based in our service but reports to Vicky Noble - Director of Nursing (Primary Care).
Lindsay McTavish: Clinical Nurse Specialist and Team Leader (Full-time). Manages the service alongside the Clinical Leader - Dr Jeremy Krebs.
Kirsty Newton: Clinical Nurse Specialist & Masters of Primary Health Care (Part-time). Adolescent and young adults under 25 years clinics. Facilitates clinics at Schools, Evolve and Victoria University. Involved with Insulin Pump Service.
Gilli Lewis: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Part-time). Works with primary school aged children with diabetes and younger. Visits schools and kindies and facilitates diabetes camps.
Dianne Thomson: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Part-time). Dianne is our Inpatient Diabetes Nurse who works closely with the registrars to prepare patients for discharge. Dianne is also responsible for the facilitation of the workforce development diabetes courses in secondary care.
Tess Clark & Miranda Walker: Diabetes Nurses (Part-time). Tess & Miranda work as our Inpatient Diabetes Nurses on the days Dianne is away from Capital Coast Health.
Julie Bate: Diabetes Nurse (Full-time). Julie is working towards accreditation as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes. Currently Julie mainly works with complex patients with diabetes with a particular focus on Maori and Pacific Peoples.
Debbie Hughes: Diabetes Nurse (Full-time). Debbie is working towards accreditation as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes. Debbie follows up complex patients referred to her from Main Outpatients Department, Renal and Ophthalmology.
Liz Dutton (Capital PHO): Diabetes Nurse Specialist (Full-time). Liz provides support and education to the General Practitioners and Nurses in practices with Capital PHO for their patients with diabetes. She also receives referrals for patients with diabetes that are difficult to manage in the practice setting.
The Kenepuru Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist teams are:
Ula Fatialofa: Clinical Nurse Specialist (Full-time). Covers inpatient referrals and Main Outpatient Department Clinics and GP referrals when requested from Primary care.
The Kapiti Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist teams are:
Val Crawford: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Diabetes (Full-time). Val is a NZNO accredited Clinical Nurse Specialist. Covers paediatric, adolescent and adult diabetes in the Kapiti region.
Dinah Porteous (Kapiti PHO): Diabetes Nurse Educator (Full-time). Provides support and education to the General Practitioners and Practice Nurses within Kapiti PHO for their patients with diabetes. This includes ensuring they receive the correct type of support and mentoring the Practice Nurse diabetes champions. Dinah also works with patients who require insulin and medication titration and whose diabetes self management needs are more complex.