Diabetes and Endocrine

About this service

The Cornwall Diabetes and Endocrine services diagnose and care for patients with diabetes, endocrine and lipid problems. These include thyroid, adrenal, testicular, ovarian, pituitary and metabolic disorders and investigating the secondary causes of systemic hypertension. The team also carries out medical assessments for bariatric patients who are having weight loss surgery.

We run a number of specialist clinics at Cornwall Diabetes Endocrine Centre (CDEC) for patients who require input from several health professionals. These clinics include Insulin Pump, Diabetes Antenatal, Diabetes/Renal and Thyroid Eye Clinics

If you need to stay in hospital due to your Diabetes or Endocrine disorder, you will most likely stay on Grenville ward, our specialist renal and endocrine ward.

Diabetic Eye Screening

We run an eye screening service for patients in Cornwall with diabetes. Our mobile eye screening units visit various venues across the county on a rotation basis. This is a free service and we aim to screen all patients once a year using diagnostic photography specially developed to detect diabetic eye disease.

Paediatric Diabetes Service

The Paediatric Diabetes team looks after children and young people under 16 with diabetes.

We help our patients achieve optimal diabetes control and optimal physical, psychological, intellectual, educational and social development. We take a child, and family, centred approach, and services are tailored to fit to each individual child and family’s needs.

We have a structured education programme to empower our children and young people to self-manage their diabetes with the support of their families and others involved in their day-to-day care. We also provide Insulin Pump Therapy for those who meet the self-management and NICE guidelines criteria.

Diabetes and Endocrine Research

We have an active diabetes and endocrine research team, who recruit to national and international research projects. Your doctor may ask if you would be interested in hearing more about one of our studies. We are currently working on studies looking at Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, obesity, weight management and cardiovascular health.

Please contact the research team on 01872 254655 or email rcht.diabetesresearch@nhs.net if you would like to hear more about our research.

Contact information

Diabetic Retinal Screening

Where to find us

The department is based at the Cornwall Diabetes Endocrine Centre (CDEC), which is located next to the helipad, behind the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Outpatient clinics also take place in Penzance, Falmouth, Newquay, Bodmin and St Austell. Please contact us for more information.

Information about diabetes

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Information about diabetic eye screening

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Professional careers in diabetes and endocrinology

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Page last reviewed: 2 February 2024

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