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King's College Hospital

An urgent referrals service is provided at King’s College 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 Accident and Emergency.

Contacting the Service

The urgent referrals service is provided from the King’s Diabetes Centre at King’s College Hospital. 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:
Tel: 020 3299 9000, bleep 122

Diabetes Specialist Nurse:
Tel: 020 3299 9000, ext 1353 or bleep 301. Fax 020 3299 1730. Email diabetesnurses@kch.nhs.uk

 

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