Paediatric Diabetes (Markham Site)
Type 1 diabetes, formerly referred to as “Juvenile” or “Insulin Dependent Diabetes” occurs when the pancreas no longer produces insulin. This affects over 200,000 children and adolescents across Canada with the greatest rise occurring in five to nine year olds.
The Government of Ontario supports children with Type 1 diabetes through the Assistive Devices Program. Children meeting criteria and requesting pump therapy may be eligible for full funding to assist in diabetes management.
The MSH Paediatric Diabetes Program is the longest running diabetes program in York Region, caring for patients up to 18 years of age. Our multidisciplinary team includes a paediatric endocrinologist, diabetes nurse educators, a registered dietician and a social worker.
Upon diagnosis, children are scheduled for a series of visits to our Paediatric Diabetes Daycare Program. This unique 3-day service provides children and their families with the tools and skills needed to manage their condition, including medication management and nutritional education. Children are then guided and supported through follow up, every 3 months until the age of 18, through the Paediatric Diabetes Clinic. We provide phone support for families who have questions about their child's diabetes management. Here are some of the services we provide:
- Paediatric Diabetes Daycare
- Outpatient Clinic
- Insulin Pump Program
- Annual Diabetes Day
- Peer with Diabetes
- Young Adult Transition Program
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring
- High Risk Programs
- Affiliation with research opportunities
The Future - Tracey Rubinoff Paediatric Diabetes Clinic
Diabetes is on the rise. When children are diagnosed with diabetes there is an overwhelming amount of education necessary to keep them safe. Diabetes educators and specialists are continually challenged to find creative and innovative ways to educate children and their families.
With support from the Tracey Rubinoff Foundation,our new state-of -the-art Diabetes Clinic, which will begin construction following the completion of the hospital expansion, will ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our growing community. Patients will benefit from the East Markham Community Centre & Library's location on our campus, creating a centre of health & wellness.
For more information and to support the Tracey Rubinoff Foundation please visit www.traceyrubinofffoundation.org
Care We Provide
We understand that a diagnosis of diabetes and the thought of staying in a hospital can be very stressful for children and their family. For this reason, we have created an outpatient program designed to teach children and their family how to manage their diabetes, focusing on survival skills such as blood testing, diet and insulin administration.
Children who are newly diagnosed with diabetes are scheduled for a series of daycare visits. Most children require three consecutive days of education. Parents and children will arrive before breakfast and go home to sleep each day.
We hold our Outpatient Clinics Monday to Wednesday, and frequently on Fridays. Patients should attend at three-monthly intervals.
It is important for children with diabetes to attend regular follow-up clinics, so that we can identify any problems promptly and give advice on how to manage the condition successfully.
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