Paediatric Diabetes Care

Specialist diabetic care for children and adolescents from the UK’s most renowned diabetologists

The experienced diabetic team at London Diabetes provide expert care for children and adolescents living with diabetes. The highly skilled paediatric diabetologists are supported by specialist dieticians, clinical psychologists, and diabetes specialist nurses with experience and expertise in treating and communicating with young people.

Most children with diabetes have type 1 diabetes, however type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in young people. Whatever form of diabetes a child has, the condition needs careful control so that they can stay healthy and reduce long-term complications. The expert professionals at London Medical offer the latest technologies and treatments for diabetes, to make it easier for children and parents to control blood sugar levels.


The team will help parents and children understand how to monitor glucose levels, get the nutrition a growing child needs, and help each child or young person live well with diabetes. Services include:

Individualised care plans
Education and training to help parents and children become experts at monitoring and treating diabetes
Insulin pumps- Insulin pump therapy can improve glucose control, reduce complications and boost quality of life for children and young people living with diabetes. The specialist diabetologists at the London Diabetes Centre offer the very latest insulin pumps and a tailored training programme
Clinical Psychologist support for anxiety, depression or behavioural issues
School support and education
Specialist diabetes dietician support including weight management when needed
Support and training with carb counting
Exercise counselling and guidance
Advice on blood sugar monitors and use of downloading analysis
Continuous Glucose Monitoring – CGM reduces the need for painful finger-pricking, picks up hypers and hypos and monitors a child’s sugar levels during exercise, school and sleep
Podiatrist care and advice about keeping feet healthy
Pneumococcal immunisation is recommended for all patients with diabetes who are not immune
Support to transition to adult diabetes care. London Diabetes provides specialist diabetes care throughout life. Older teenagers will be supported and introduced to the adult diabetologist and specialist nurses.

Comprehensive range of tests and investigations

London Diabetes offers a comprehensive range of tests and investigations for children and adolescents with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. These can monitor control, check for other conditions and screen for diabetes complications. They include:

HbA1c- an indication of glucose levels over a prolonged period of time
Renal function tests including urea and electrolytes to check for dehydration, acidosis and electrolyte levels
Autoantibodies to check for Islet Cell Antibodies (ICA) or glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) autoantibodies which may be present in up to 90% of children with type 1 diabetes
Screening for MODY, a rare genetic form of diabetes that more commonly affects adolescents and young adults
Tests for autoimmune thyroiditis and coeliac disease which can accompany diabetes in some children
Lipid analysis to measure cholesterol and triglycerides
Vitamin D which is frequently low in children with type 1 diabetes
Screening for retinopathy including fundus retinal photography with ophthalmologist report
Screening for nephropathy including urinalysis
Screening for cardiovascular complication including regular blood pressure monitoring
24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, by miniature radial artery tonometry, including cASP
Oral glucose tolerance testing for diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes in children and young adults

Dr Martha Ford-Adams

Dr Ford-Adams’ specialities Include:
Paediatrics, Endocrinology, Paediatric diabetes, Obesity in children and adolescents

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Professor Stephen Greene

Specialist in child health with positions in Oxford, Great Ormond Street and Guy’s Hospital, London and the Kinderspital Hospital, Zurich.

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Dr Rakesh Amin

An educational lead for endocrinology and diabetes at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health.

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Support Plans

Risk Assessment

A 30-minute consultation with a DSN or diabetes dietitian
Diabetes risk questionnaire
Height, weight, blood pressure, HbA1c blood test and Body Composition Analysis

Our plan is designed for patients who have not been diagnosed with diabetes who want to check their current health status and understand if they are at risk of developing diabetes.

Second Opinion

A 45-minute diabetes consultant consultation with written report
A 60-minute diabetes dietitian or DSN appointment
Height, weight, blood pressure, HbA1c blood test and glucose test

Our plan is designed for recently diagnosed patients who are unsure about their diagnosis and need a second opinion or need help deciding on their care plan.


A 45-minute diabetes consultant consultation with written report
A 60-minute diabetes dietitian or DSN appointment
Height, Weight & Blood Pressure, HBA1c, Blood Glucose, Urine Alb/Cr and other tests

This Gold Standard in diabetes assessment will cover most people’s fundamental requirements for diabetes care.


45 minute consultation with Diabetes Consultant to discuss the results and provide a written report
Advanced Lipoprotein Analysis
An OCT - Optical coherence tomography, Ankle and Toe Brachial Index and DEXA scan

This premium plan includes an in depth assessment of your diabetes status and also your wider health risks concerning cholesterol and metabolic health

Looking to speak with a member of our team?

Carol Willis

Carol Willis - Diabetes Clinic Facilitator

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