An urgent referrals service is provided at Guy’s Hospital for patients with diabetes who need to be seen urgently by a specialist diabetes healthcare professional.
Who Is the Service For?
The following groups of patients are examples of those who require an urgent referral to this service:
- People with newly diagnosed diabetes and ketonuria (very high levels of ketones in the urine)
- Women with established diabetes who become pregnant
- People with established diabetes who have recurrent severe hypoglycaemia (extremely low blood sugar), or prolonged and persistent hyperglycaemia (extremely high blood sugar)
Note that people with suspected ketoacidosis
(high levels of ketones in the blood) should be sent straight to the Accident and Emergency Department which is at St Thomas' Hospital.
Contacting the Service
The urgent referrals service is provided from the Diabetes and Endocrine Day Centre at Guy’s Hospital. The unit is on the 3rd floor of Southwark Wing within the hospital. Information on how to travel to Guy's Hospital can be found by following the link on the right of this page. For patients who need to be seen urgently it is advisable to phone the relevant department (see below).
Urgent referrals are seen on a daily basis or an as-required basis.
Diabetes Registrar on call Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals:
Tel: 020 7188 7188, bleep 1801
Diabetes and Endocrine Day Centre, Guy’s Hospital:
Tel: 020 7188 1915 Fax: 020 7188 1926
Tel: 020 7188 1993