Luton & Dunstable Hospital Diabetes Specialist Service

The Diabetes Service at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital provides a comprehensive multi-disciplinary (MDT) service for patients of all age groups with diabetes. The service is provided by seven consultant diabetologists covering medicine for the elderly, paediatrics and adults. The team also includes specialist registrars, a diabetes specialist nursing team, diabetes specialist dietitians and diabetes specialist podiatrists.

The service is based at the Diabetic Centre at the L&D where all MDT services and clinics are held except for Paediatric Diabetes.  In addition to outpatient services, the department also provides a consultation and support services for inpatients.

Subspecialty Clinics and Services

  • General Adult
  • DME (over 65s)
  • Paediatric
  • Young Adult /Adolescent
  • Paediatric Handover
  • Renal Diabetic
  • Cardiovascular Diabetes
  • Diabetic Antenatal (T1 & T2) Clinic
  • Pre-conception Counselling Clinic
  • Gestational Diabetes Clinic
  • Foot Clinic
  • Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Pump assessment and initiation
  • Structured education program for type 1 diabetes

South Bedfordshire  Integrated Community Diabetes Service (ICDS)

Luton and Dunstable Hospital is the provider for the Bedfordshire ICDS in South Bedfordshire.

Diabetes services independent of Luton and Dunstable Hospital:

Structured education programs for Type 2 diabetes. The new patient education programme 'DESMOND' and 'DESMOND Foundation' is run and managed entirely by NHS Luton and Bedfordshire Services.

NHS Luton has a team of Community DSNs, dietetics and general podiatry services which are directly managed by PCT (providers Cambridge Community Services and SEPT) with plans in place to intergrate further with Specialist Team at the L&D. 

Bedfordshire Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service is managed and administered by the Bedfordshire Diabetes Retinopathy Screening Service based at Bedford Hospital. The L&D is one of several sites in South Bedfordshire contributing to this service.

Key Contacts

Luton & Dunstable Hospital Switchboard Telephone number : 0845 127 0127

Diabetes Centre Reception Telephone number : 01582 718050  Fax: 01582 497152

Outpatients Booking Department  Telephone number: 0845 127 0193

Luton and Dunstable Hospital Diabetes Service*

  • Newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic or suspected T1
  • Pregnant Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic and gestational diabetics
  • Preconceptional counselling and management
  • Renal patients with complications (renal replacement therapy e.g. dialysis and potential RRT/ transplant and patients referred to renal clinic for assessment)
  • Acute foot problems
  • Management of acutely poorly controlled diabetes in unstable T1 and T2 patients, requiring insulin rescue.
  • Cancer patients (receiving high dose steroids and pancreatic cancer patients)
  • Children and adolescents
  • Acute diabetic emergencies (urgent care pathway)
  • Complex patients with significant co-morbidities (e.g. high dose or long term steroid use, enteral feeding, significant cardiac disease)
  • Active TB patients referred with previously poorly controlled diabetes management.

* Referrals to Luton and Dunstable Hospital Diabetes Service may be triaged to Bedforshire ICDS if appropriate.

Bedfordshire Integrated Community Diabetes Service (Beds ICDS)*

  • 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 and/or patients

*If appropriate, referrals to Beds ICDS may be triaged to be seen in to Luton and Dunstable Hospital Diabetes Service, or referred to L&D for further management after initial assessment by ICDS.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital Diabetes Service

  • Patient not meeting referral criteria for hospital service (see above)
  • Patient who can be managed in Integrated Community Diabetes Service (see criteria above)
  • Patient who can be managed in primary care at practice level

Bedfordshire Integrated Community Diabetes Service (Beds ICDS)

  • Those who require annual review and routine treatments from general practice
  • Those who require inpatient or secondary diabetes care treatment

Please send referral letter to:

Consultant Diabetologist
Diabetes Centre
Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Lewsey Road
Luton LU4 0DZ

Outpatient booking department

Urgent Referrals can be made by the phone/bleep to consultants or specialist diabetes nurse (bleep 053).

All urgent/phone referrals should be followed by letter and faxed to Diabetes Reception on 01582 497152 or the consultants' office.

Urgent paediatric referrals please refer to Paediatric Section.

Bedfordshire ICDS (NHS Bedfordshire patients)

Referrals for Luton Community Diabetes Service, including referrals for structured education programs (DESMOND and DESMOND Foundation) should be sent directly to Luton Community Diabetes Service at the Luton Treatment Centre, Vestry Close.

Please complete the Community Diabetes Service Referral Form, with any other appropriate information to:

Integrated Community Diabetes service (ICDS)
Consultant Diabetologist, Diabetes Centre, Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Lewsey Road,

Fax 01582 718051

L&D Referral Form


Dr. Shiu-Ching Soo Consultant Physician, Diabetes and Endocrinology
Julie Murphy Tel: 01582 497564 Fax: 01582 718348

Dr. Ritwik Banerjee Consultant Physician, Endocrinology and Diabetes
Tel. 01582 497204 Fax: 01582 497195

Dr. Tariq Rehman Consultant Physician, Diabetes and Obesity
Julie Murphy Tel: 01582 497564 Fax: 01582 718348

Dr Nisha Nathwani Consultant Paediatrics, Endocrinology and Diabetes
Hayley Tack Tel: 01582 718261 Fax: 01582 497280

Dr. Siva Puthrasingam Consultant, Department of Medicine for Elderly, Diabetes
Mary Delaney Tel: 01582 497504 Fax: 01582 497359

Prof Alan Sinclair Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine for
Elderly, Diabetologist  via Linda Ellingham Tel: 01582 489074 Fax: 01582 543285

Beds ICDS Team
Office Phone: 01582718431          Fax: 01582 718051
ICDS Lead Nurse: Mary Hayes  Mobile 07810 050698
ICDS Diabetes Specialist Nurse: Patronella Mukuva Mobile 07904 860416

Integrated Community Diabetes Service leaflet

Useful Numbers

Lead Diabetes Specialist Nurse: Julia Fisher   Tel: 01582 718272  bleep 053

Principal Diabetes Dietician: Jill Metcalfe  Tel: 01582 718052 or via L&D Bleep: 252 Fax: 01582 718054

Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse: Denise Morrison  Tel: 01582 497112 or Via switchboard Bleep: 256

Diabetes Specialist Podiatrists : Tel: 01582 497578 Fax: 01582 497578

Outpatients Booking Department Tel: 0845 127 0193

Last updated: 01/07/2013

Update due: 01/07/2014