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Your diabetes care during your hospital stay

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Coming into Hospital

Please bring all your usual diabetes medications, monitoring equipment and hypo treatment.

In Hospital

  • Being in hospital can disrupt your diabetes. We are there to support you through this.
  • If you need any support with your diabetes ask to be referred to the Inpatient Diabetes Team.
  • You may have a review of or adjustment to your diabetes medications.
  • Ward staff will check your glucose; you can check it too.
  • If your health allows it, you can choose to self-manage your diabetes.
  • You should have you feet checked within 24 hours of admission. Please let your nurse or doctor know if this has not happened.

Diabetes and Diet

  • Hospital food and mealtimes can be different to what you’re used to.
  • Your ward will be able to provide you with food or snacks to help with your diabetes.
  • If you carbohydrate count, ask the ward for the carbohydrate content of the hospital menu.

Diabetes and Surgery

  • We may need to adjust your medications to keep you safe for surgery.
  • We will increase the frequency of glucose testing before, during, and after your surgery.
  • You may be connected to an intravenous insulin pump for surgery.

Going Home

  • You will be given a discharge summary which will document any changes to your medications.
  • If needed we can give you a personal diabetes care plan on discharge.
  • We can contact your usual diabetes care provider to update them about your hospital stay.

This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.

The information here is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.

Publication Date: April 2022

Review Date: December 2022

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