Open House showcases excellence in diabetes services at Hotel Dieu Hospital

Hotel Dieu Hospital will be showcasing its excellent diabetes services with an Open House on World Diabetes Day, Friday, November 14.

Between 9 am and 1 pm, the community is invited to meet the hospital’s diabetes team, tour the Diabetes Education & Management Centre (DEMC), check out displays and participate in information sessions on foot care, insulin pumps, glucose, diet, exercise and more.

“I couldn’t manage without this team,” says Cathy Devreeze, who started using an insulin pump three years ago to control her Type 1 diabetes. 

“When I first learned that I had Type 1, I was bewildered by a lot of information involved in managing the disease.  But the team at Hotel Dieu has been by my side the whole way.  They got me onto a glucose meter that worked better for me, and they have always been just an e-mail or phone call away if I have questions or need encouragement.  It’s amazing to have this level of support locally.”

In 2014, almost 1.5 million people in Ontario have diabetes, says DEMC diabetes nurse educator Nancy Benn, who adds that the number will jump to 2.2 million by 2024.

Each year, the DEMC records about 3,000 adult patient visits and starts about 100 individuals on insulin pumps, says Benn.

“We’re seeing increasingly more complex cases of diabetes, so good management and prevention of the disease is top of the list for our hospital program,” she says. 

“It’s why our nurse educators, dietitians, social worker and pharmacist provide a broad spectrum of education sessions for those diagnosed with pre-diabetes and diabetes, everything from how to use a glucose meter to planning nutritious meals to balancing food, exercise, medication and stress.

“The Open House is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about the strides we’re making in tackling this disease.  Whether you have the disease or want to learn how to prevent a diagnosis, the DEMC is the place to be on November 14, World Diabetes Day.”

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