Comprehensive Care provides education and support programmes for people with diabetes.

Diabetes Self Management Education groups
Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME) is a free self management programme for people with type 2 diabetes and their whānau/support persons.

The programme runs as three 2½-hour sessions, or a 1-day session. We have options of morning or evening times, and varied locations.

If you are unable to attend a group session, we may be able to provide one-on-one support from registered nurses and dietitians.

Subjects covered include: what diabetes is, symptoms, possible complications, medications, keeping active, understanding lab tests, foot care, food choices and setting health goals.

DSME sessions planned for 2018

Thursday 18: 9.00am-3.30pm, Beach Haven; a bag of seasonal fruit and veges will be given to each attendee
Thursday 25: 9.00am-3.30pm, Albany

Saturday 10: 9.00am-3.30pm, Orewa
Saturday 17: 9.00am-3.30pm, Henderson; a bag of seasonal fruit and veges will be given to each attendee – we’re fully booked, but you can come to our next day: Saturday 1 December!
Monday 19, 26 November and 3 December: 6.00pm to 8.30pm, 3 evenings in total

Saturday 1: 9.00am-3.30pm, Henderson; a bag of seasonal fruit and veges will be given to each attendee
Thursday 6: 9.00am-3.30pm, Albany

Keep an eye on our Facebook page – many of our events are listed there.

Follow the link for more details about DSME, or contact us on 09 448 0019 or

Cooking demonstrations
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may find our free cooking demonstrations helpful. These classes focus on affordable, quick, healthy and tasty ideas.

Follow the link for more information about cooking demonstrations, or contact us on 09 448 0019 or, or visit our Facebook page.

Dietary advice
If you have diabetes, you need to pay attention to what you eat. If you live in the Waitemata DHB area and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may find an appointment with a registered dietitian very helpful. We have clinics in Warkworth, Albany, and Henderson. Contact us on telephone 09 415 1091, or talk to your doctor or nurse about a referral.

Supermarket tours

If you have type 2 diabetes, going on a free dietitian-led supermarket tour can help you make better food choices and manage your diabetes well. Follow the link for more information about supermarket tours, and to register, phone 09 415 1091 or 021 811 013.

If you have diabetes you are more likely to develop foot problems, but serious foot problems can often be prevented. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and your feet are at risk of complications, your doctor or nurse may refer you to our podiatry service.

Diabetes Annual Review
This check is carried out by your nurse or doctor every year to help you manage your diabetes and prevent complications. You can arrange your check by contacting your practice.

Our Psychology Services provide care and support to people with long-term physical health conditions and/or moderate to severe anxiety and depression. Services are provided by registered psychologists, are arranged one-on-one, and are free of charge.

This programme can help you make lifestyle changes necessary for long term physical conditions. A psychologist can also help you work through distressing feelings that may accompany a chronic condition.

Eye Screening
Diabetes can cause damage to your sight. Regular screening of your eyes can reduce the risk.

This service is run in partnership with Waitemata District Health Board and is available by referral from your doctor or practice nurse when you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Our service operates at Tawa Drive, at North Shore Hospital, and at clinics around our region.

If English is not your first language, we encourage you to bring a family member or friend with you. If they are not able to assist, the service may be able to provide an interpreter upon request.

For further information talk to your doctor or Practice Nurse.

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