The Children and Young People’s Diabetes Team
Meet the team
The children’s diabetes team at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton are committed to delivering a professional service. We offer care and on-going support to children and young people with diabetes and their families.
Our team are here to help if you have:
- recently been told you have diabetes
- a child or young person in your family has recently been told they have diabetes
- previously been told you have diabetes and recently moved into the area
Whilst under the care of the diabetes team you are likely to meet a number of other healthcare professionals such as qualified doctors developing a special interest in diabetes and nursing, medical and dietetic students.
Contact telephone numbers
First point of contact:
- Diabetes nurses for children and young people
Alison Murray – Telephone: 01642 854660
Julie Stonehouse – Telephone: 01642 854660
Louise Finn – Telephone: 01642 854660
Christine McPartland – Telephone: 01642 854660
- Administration assistant
Sue Coles – Telephone: 01642 854660
- Consultants in children’s diabetes
Dr. Burns – Telephone: 01642 854869
Dr. Balasubramanyam – Telephone: 01642 854115
Dr. Dammann – Telephone: 01609 763909 / 07876 502674
Dr V Raman – Telephone: 01642 852713
Marie Brown – Telephone: 01642 854115
Hollie Richardson – Telephone: 01642 854869
Victoria Stevenson – Telephone: 01609 763022
- Child and adolescent psychologist
Dr Shelley Boddy – Telephone: 01642 282708
Dr Kerry Ferguson – Telephone: 01642 282708
- Dietitian for children and young people
Ruth Weatheral – Telephone: 01642 854777
Hue Flannigan – Telephone: 01642 854777
Victoria Steele – Telephone: 01642 854777
As part of our commitment, we will offer:
Four clinic appointments per year where you and your family will meet with a member of the medical, nursing and dietetic team.
One of these appointments will be an annual review. At this appointment blood is usually taken and a more thorough examination takes place.
If your child has a high HbA1c they will need to be seen more regularly, these appointments will be explained to you in the specific clinic that notes the increase in HbA1c.
Group educational sessions and events where you will have the opportunity to meet other children or young people of a similar age and your parents will meet other parents of children with diabetes.
This forms an essential part of your diabetes education and it is important that you attend.
Educational and review meetings with the diabetes nurse at the hospital or in your own home.
Educational and review meetings with the dietitian at the hospital or occasionally in your own home.
Nursery and school visits to support teaching staff in caring for a child with diabetes.
A consultation with the clinical psychologist if you, your family or the team feel you may benefit from emotional support.
Transitional Care to prepare you for transfer into the adult diabetes team
Telephone, email and text support from the diabetes team.
24 hour telephone support with admission to the children’s ward at The James Cook University Hospital as needed.
In return we would appreciate it if you would:
- Call us if you need us.
We would like to provide healthcare and advice when you need it, not when we think you need it!
- Give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel an appointment.
Another child and family may then be seen at this time.
- Give verbal or written feedback on the service that we provide to you and your child.
Your input, opinions and ideas are very important to the team.
When you come to clinic please bring your blood glucose meter with you as we are able to download the data. You may want to bring your diary in case of any unforeseen problems with the technology.
If you do not see the same doctor, nurse or dietitian each time you come to clinic please do not worry as we do meet before and after clinics to share information and discuss your current and future care.
Visit the Diabetes UK website
Please use the following contact numbers for all urgent enquiries outside of office hours.
The James Cook University Hospital:
If your child requires a hospital admission for a diabetes-related problem you can be directly admitted via PDU or James Cook ward 21 without going to your GP or A&E.
All the senior doctors and nurses are able to access specialised advice from an on-call consultant paediatrician 24 hours a day.
For non-urgent enquiries please contact:
Diabetes nurses on 01642 854660 between 9am and 5pm.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.