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Diabetes Education Centres

We provide information on all aspects of how to care for diabetes. This is tailored to people with diabetes and their interested family members as well as other health professionals.

We promote self-management to enhance your quality of life and to reduce the risk of developing diabetes complications. We work closely with other community agencies to provide comprehensive diabetes care for our area.

We provide a number of ways to learn about your diabetes. All of these start with an individual appointment where your needs are discussed with the nurse and dietitian.

Who is the service for?

If you have diabetes (type 1 or 2 - adult, child, adolescent, or young adult), are pregnant and have diabetes, or have been told you have a mild form of diabetes, we would be more than happy to assist you in managing your diabetes.

We welcome opportunities to speak to community groups regarding preventative measures against diabetes complications and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Does this program require a referral?

Yes. Your first appointment will be made after your doctor has referred you to our program. The staff of the diabetes program will arrange follow-up appointments.

We accept self-referral for the educational components of our program. We have access to the foot clinic, internal medicine, and ophthalmology clinics. We also liaise with Home Care Nova Scotia.

How do I find out more?

Click on the Diabetes Education Centre nearest you for services offered and contact information:

Antigonish Diabetes Education Centre
St. Martha's Hospital
25 Bay Street
Antigonish, NS, B2G 2G7

Arichat Diabetes Education Centre
St. Anne Community & Nursing Care Centre
P.O. Drawer 30 Arichat
Nova Scotia B0E 1A0

Canso Diabetes Education Centre
Eastern Memorial Hospital
1746 Union Street
Canso, NS B0H 1H0

Guysborough Diabetes Education Centre
Guysborough Memorial Hospital
10560 Route #16
Guysborough, Guysborough Co., NS B0H 1H0

Sherbrooke Diabetes Education Centre
St. Mary's Memorial Hospital
91 Hospital Road,
Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co. NS B0J 3C0

Strait Richmond Diabetes Education Centre
138 Hospital Road, Evanston,
Richmond Co., NS B0E 1J0

Antigonish Diabetes Education Centre

In Antigonish we offer:

  • Individual instruction
  • Group instruction. (This provides you with an opportunity to learn from and with others who also have diabetes.)
  • Insulin initiation. (If you need insulin, this means that you can start taking your insulin as an outpatient. You may not need to be admitted to the hospital.)
  • Insulin pump therapy program (includes carbohydrate counting
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring available

Special Classes include: Coping& stress management group, Good Health Eating Guide (GHEG) group review, Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)/Impaired fasting glucose (IFG), the lifestyle management program, as well as a cardiac group and cholesterol lowering.

Referrals: Social Work Service referrals, foot care referrals and ophthalmology appointments can be arranged at the clinic. Diabetologist referrals are available. Our centre has a lab on site.

Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 867-4500 ext. 4249.

Address:
St. Martha's Hospital
25 Bay Street
Antigonish, NS, B2G 2G7

Arichat Diabetes Education Centre

In Arichat, we offer:

  • Individual assessments
  • Meal plan development and instruction
  • Individual instruction
  • Group instruction. (This provides you with an opportunity to learn from and with others who also have diabetes.)
  • Insulin initiation. (If you need insulin, this means that you can start taking your insulin as an outpatient. You may not need to be admitted to the hospital.)
  • Collaboration with Home Care Nova Scotia
  • Presentation to community groups on the prevention and management of diabetes advocating a healthy lifestyle
  • Consultation with Continuing Care Facilities (nursing homes)
  • Pre diabetes and gestational diabetes, assessment and education.
  • Referrals to foot clinic, ophthalmology and internal medicine.

Satellite service covers St. Peter's, L'Ardoise, and Chapel Island.

Open Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday and Friday vary.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 226-1911 (voice mail).

Address:
St. Anne Community & Nursing Care Centre
P.O. Drawer 30 Arichat,
Nova Scotia B0E 1A0

Canso Diabetes Education Centre

In Canso, we offer:

  • Individual instruction.
  • Group instruction. (This provides you with an opportunity to learn from and with others who also have diabetes.)
  • Insulin initiation. (If you need insulin, this means that you can start taking your insulin as an outpatient. You may not need to be admitted to the hospital.)

Other Programs: We accept self-referral for the educational components of our program.

Open Hours: We are open every second Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 366-2794.

Address:
Eastern Memorial Hospital
1746 Union Street
Canso, NS B0H 1H0

Guysborough Diabetes Education Centre

In Guysborough we offer:

  • Individual instruction.
  • Group instruction. (This provides you with an opportunity to learn from and with others who also have diabetes.)
  • Insulin initiation. (If you need insulin, this means that you can start taking your insulin as an outpatient. You may not need to be admitted to the hospital.)

Other Programs: These include Pre-Diabetes (Impaired fasting glucose (IFG)/Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)), Hypertension, Cholesterol, and special diet topics.

The Heart to Heart Program is available for community members.

Foot Care, Ophthalmology, and Diabetologist referrals can be arranged by our clinic.

Open Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 533-3702.

Address:
Guysborough Memorial Hospital
10560 Route #16
Guysborough, Guysborough Co., NS B0H 1H0

Sherbrooke Diabetes Education Centre

In Sherbrooke we offer:

  • Individual instruction.
  • Group instruction. (This provides you with an opportunity to learn from and with others who also have diabetes.) We offer topic-specific groups, one hour in length, throughout the calendar year. Topics include: Nutrition 101; Active Living; Label Reading; Weight Control; Nutrition and Heart Disease; Eating Out; Introduction to Diabetes; Low Blood Sugar Reactions; Chronic Complications of Diabetes; Foot Care; Blood Glucose Monitoring - Interpretation of Results; Medication for Diabetes; and Coping with Diabetes.
  • Insulin initiation. (If you need insulin, this means that you can start taking your insulin as an outpatient. You may not need to be admitted to the hospital.)

Other: We accept self-referral for the educational components of our program.

Open Hours: We are open every second Wednesday from 7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 522-2882

Address:
St. Mary's Memorial Hospital
91 Hospital Road,
Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co. NS B0J 3C0

Strait Richmond Diabetes Education Centre

In the Strait Richmond catchment area we offer:

  • Individual instruction.
  • Group instruction. (This provides you with an opportunity to learn from and with others who also have diabetes.)
  • Insulin initiation. (If you need insulin, this means that you can start taking your insulin as an outpatient. You may not need to be admitted to the hospital.)
  • Survival skills program. (This short, 2-hour session provides answers to commonly-asked questions about your diabetes.) These classes are offered on an as-needed basis.

Other Programs: Impaired Fasting Glucose and Healthy Heart Glucose classes are also offered. Self-referrals for the educational components of our programs are accepted. Clients of our centre have direct access to Internal Medicine and Pediatric Departments.

Satellite Services: Our satellite service to Mulgrave Medical Centre operates once a month.

Open Hours: Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The dietitian is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Reception hours are Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Referral: Patients need a referral from their family doctor or nurse practitioner to attend the diabetic clinic. There are no self referrals.

Contact Information

Phone: (902) 625-3100

Address:
Strait Richmond Hospital
138 Hospital Road, Evanston,
Richmond Co., NS B0E 1J0