We are a team of five specialist nurses and a health care
assistant in paediatric diabetes covering the County Durham &
Darlington Foundation Trust area.
What we do
We work closely with the paediatricians, dieticians and
psychologist in paediatric diabetes to provide a comprehensive
service of diabetes care to children from the time they are
diagnosed with diabetes. We also offer support and guidance
to carers, families and other groups to enable the child with
diabetes to attain their full potential, stay well with diabetes
and to enjoy childhood.
Paediatric diabetes specialist nurses are experienced children's
nurses and have extra expertise in diabetes nursing. It is
essentially a community based service, we care for children outside
of the hospital, but at diagnosis and when admission is indicated
we are involved with the child and family on the
ward. The PDSNs participate in the
paediatric diabetes clinics across the whole area;
we each take responsibility for a particular clinic held in the
hospitals, working with our paediatric doctors, psychologist and
dietician colleagues to form the multi-disciplinary team. In
clinics we review
There is a strong focus on education in the
team to help children, families and teachers learn
more about diabetes as a condition, to inform of research and
current practice and to discuss healthy lifestyle messages for
their child development. Many of the children with diabetes
have a wide variety of interests; we hope to be able to facilitate
to help them enjoy the interests without diabetes becoming a
barrier or a problem. To help with this we arrange education
in social settings for the different age groups of children and
encourage the children's participation in peer support programmes.
(Ref to Investing in Children).
All of the paediatric diabetes nurses can be contacted on
01388 455615 / 01388 455603 at Bishop Auckland
The paediatric respiratory nurses work alongside the paediatric
respiratory consultants to provide support and information to
families of children and young people who have chronic breathing
problems like asthma or cystic fibrosis among others. The aim is
that families achieve confidence and skill to enable them to manage
their own child's health needs.
As well as this advice and education the team will if needed
liaise with nurseries and schools. This is carried out to
ensure that parents feel confident in their child's needs being met
and that school staff have a sound knowledge base to assist them in
My name is Sue Lewis and I am a paediatric epilepsy specialist
nurse working across Co Durham and Darlington Foundation trust.
My work involves developing the most effective and appropriate
care for children with epilepsy and their careers. The first visit
to see me would be in a clinic setting at your nearest hospital and
then all care is in the community. I help improve the children's
and parents/ carers knowledge and understanding of their condition
and therefore minimising hospital admissions. I work as part of a
multidisciplinary team providing clinical expertise and education
for all health professionals involved in the care of the child with
I can be contacted at Bishop Auckland 01388
We are a team of 10 children's nurses who offer a service to
children in the community. We offer nursing care to children
from birth to 18 years. We also work with a number of other
health and social care professionals within the same hospitals and
the wider area.
We promote early discharge from hospital when a child is well
enough to return home where their treatment can be continued. Where
possible we also aim to avoid admission into hospital as this can
be a stressful experience for the child and their family. We
provide a form of support to a child and their family.
Our service is offered from 8am till 9pm 7 days a week and 365
days a year.
We have a base on each of the children's wards at University
Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital
We can be contacted on 01388 455608 for patients in
South Durham & Darlington
or on 0191
3332990 for patients in North Durham.
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'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community