Bedford Hospital Secondary Care Diabetes Service


Secondary Care Diabetes Specialist Service (Adults)

The Secondary Care Diabetes Specialist Service is a hospital based Multidiciplinary team providing a service for patient with type 1 and complex diabetes.

Clinics are held at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust include:

  • General Diabetes
  • Antenatal Diabetes Clinic
  • Transitional clinic
  • MDT foot clinic
  • Podiarty Clinics

Contact Details for the Secondary Care Diabetes Specialist Service

Tel: 01234 792287   Fax: 01234 792180

Postal Address:

The North Bedfordshire Diabetes Centre 
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust,
Kempston, Road,
Bedford, MK 42 9DJ

Key Features of the Service

  • Multi-disciplinary Team including Diabetologists, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Dietitians and Specialist Podiatry
  • Inpatient Diabetes support
  • Support for those with type 1 and complex diabetes
  • Education and Training.

Who to Refer

  • Newly diagnosed suspected  Type 1 diabetes
  • Ongoing care for those with Type 1 diabetes
  • Children and transitional care
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Acute foot problems
  • Pregnancy and gestational diabetes
  • Insulin Pumps
  • Complex co-morbidities.

Please note: when seeking/receiving advice in regard to patient care and making referrals, NHS Connecting for Health Information Governance standards and policies must be adhered to.

New foot pathway NICE 19 06 2015

Who not to Refer

  • Poorly controlled diabetes in otherwise stable patients
  • Chronic: Raised HbA1c not achieving personal target
  • Deteriorating but not requiring urgent intervention
  • Complex conditions/ situations e.g. housebound or living in residential care
  • Complex care, requiring "step down" from acute setting
  • Hard to engage groups/ patients.

Patients fulfilling this criteria should be referred to the Integrated Community Diabetes Service.

Last updated: 26/10/2015

Update due: 26/10/2016