Information about the care, treatment and management of diabetes


Providing care for people with diabetes in the West Suffolk area

A resource for people with diabetes in the UK

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Mission statement

"We believe that our role is to empower people with diabetes to achieve optimum overall long term health and well being. Our goal as a team is to maximise quality of life for people with diabetes by providing the best possible advice and care, taking into account the patient's beliefs and choices"

Welcome to

Welcome to DiabeteSuffolk, the website of the West Suffolk Diabetes Service. Using these pages, we hope to provide answers to many of the questions you have about coping with the challenge of diabetes.


The West Suffolk Diabetes team is comprised of doctors, specialist nurses, podiatrists, dieticians, research nurses, secretaries and volunteers.

In this section, you will find more information about what our aims are, the West Suffolk Diabetes team and how to use this web site.
Details of the general and specialist diabetes clinics that are available in the West Suffolk area are given in the Services section.

Please use our Feedback Form to let us have your comments about this website.

Human beings lead active and varied lives; diabetes is a life-long condition requiring constant attention which impacts on many aspects of daily living, including work, leisure and social interaction. A thorough understanding of diabetes is important so that you may tackle the day to day problems with minimum disruption. Education is a vital part of developing your skills and is arguably the most important role of any service for people with diabetes. In recognition of this requirement, the forthcoming National Service Framework for Diabetes has placed patient empowerment and education high on the list of priorities.

The West Suffolk Diabetes team is firmly committed to patient education. We provide a range of educational programmes for our patients, including individual and small group sessions, counselling and audio visual material. Information must be made available to all, completely free and unrestricted, if we are to learn to cope with  conditions such as diabetes. The internet is one of the most valuable resources available to us in modern times; this website was created in an attempt to reach a wider audience through the internet. You may well regard it as a 'distance learning course'. We hope you will find the information useful and easy to understand.

These pages may be browsed online or printed off to read at your convenience. Please share your ideas with us so that we can continue to develop in a manner that fulfils our main objective - being a 'resource for people with diabetes'.

Best wishes
Dr Nishan Wijenaike

Consultant Physician

PS: If you would like to make a comment about this website please send an e-mail to .


Message from John Parkes, Chief Executive, West Suffolk NHS Trust, to mark the opening of this website on November 14th 2002:
"The development of this website is very exciting, it is a wonderful resource for either people with diabetes, their families or carers who want a specific question answered or for other members of the public and health professionals who want to know more about diabetes services here at the West Suffolk NHS Trust"


West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 2QZ, tel:01284 713000