It is estimated that 1 in 20 people in the UK suffers from diabetes and statistics show that more than 1 in 10 patients admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has diabetes. The Beta Cell Centre at the hospital is a busy ‘one stop shop’ that allows patients with diabetes to be treated under the same roof by a variety of diabetes specialists working in a multidisciplinary team.
More than 20 people work in the Beta Cell Centre including diabetes specialist nurses, dietitans, podiatrists, retinal screeners, and a medical team lead by four consultants supported by secretarial staff. The centre also supports the Kensington and Chelsea Community Diabetes Service that runs diabetes clinics throughout the local area, including a consultant-led community clinic. This enables many patients to be treated away from the hospital site, with the backup of the specialised team always available. We work closely with local GPs, providing advice, education and support, including practice visits and joint clinics.
Urgent advice is available through the team of diabetes specialist nurses and consultants and we operate a same day service for urgent problems and assessment of new presentations of diabetes requiring urgent insulin initiation (accessed by calling the Diabetes Care Centre Nurses).
In addition, the centre runs specialist clinics, including insulin pumps, HIV, antenatal, hypertension, psychiatry and a special clinic for adolescents to help them come to terms with their illness and match their treatment to their adult life. A full list of our specialist multidisciplinary services can be found below.
The centre also looks after inpatients with diabetes, including diabetes emergencies and foot disease, and provides advice and support for inpatients under other specialities who have diabetes.
|Chelsea and Westminster Hospital||Frequency|
|New/Complications clinics (multi-disciplinary team)||4/week|
|Diabetic hypertension/nephropathy clinic||1/week|
|Liaison Psychiatry-Diabetes clinic||1/week|
|High risk foot clinic||1/week|
|Viral (HIV/hepatitis) diabetes clinic||1/month|
|Retinopathy screening clinic||5 days/week|
|Patient education (nurse/dietitan)||Daily|
|South Westminster Centre for Health||Frequency|
|New/complications clinics (multi-disciplinary team)||1/month|
|MSc in diabetes||1/week|
|Retinal screening course||6 monthly|