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Lakes DHB Diabetes Service

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The Diabetes Service provides specialist advice for the clinical management of diabetes.

This includes medical, nursing and nutritional management of diabetes as well as diabetes education and information for patients, family/whānau, health professionals, community groups and the general public.

People with diabetes are seen in outpatient clinics (both hospital and community settings) and as inpatients during a hospital admission.

The Diabetes Service includes education and clinical management of all types of diabetes  - type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes (high blood glucose during pregnancy), and supports all age groups (children, adolescent, and adult).

The staff are based at Rotorua and Taupō hospitals but time is spent in the community across the Lakes District Health Board region.

Where to find us: see the Rotorua Hospital and Taupō Hospital maps.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that affects the way your body deals with sugar (glucose). The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by insulin which is a hormone produced by the pancreas (an organ that lies near your stomach).

Patients with diabetes have too much sugar (glucose) in their blood. Lowering the blood sugar is important for maintaining health and the prevention of serious complications.



Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.

Referral Expectations

Access to the Diabetes Services is via referral from your GP or practice nurse.


  • Medical Management of Diabetes (Diabetologist)

    The doctor specialising in diabetes (diabetologist) sees people with complex diabetes in both outpatient clinics and as inpatients during hospital admission, to advise on the medical management of their diabetes. More

  • Nutritional Management of Diabetes (Diabetes Dietitian)

    The diabetes dietitians specialise in providing diabetes nutrition and food information to assist people in managing their diabetes.… More

  • Nursing Management of Diabetes (Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist)

    Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists provide diabetes education and information for patients, family/whanau and support people to help individual self-management of their diabetes. More


New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.


Click here to find your nearest community pharmacy.


Click on the location links for more information on your trip to Rotorua Hospital or Taupō Hospital, including:

Contact Details

Rotorua Hospital


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Taupō Hospital


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This page was last updated at 2:01PM on April 30, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Diabetes Service.