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Diabetes Health Thunder Bay

FAQ for Diabetes Health Thunder Bay

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  1. What is the purpose of Diabetes Health Thunder Bay?
  2. Who provides this service?
  3. Why would I want to go there?
  4. How do I access someone in the program?
  5. Where is the program offered?
  6. What are the hours available?
  7. What do I bring to my appointment?
  8. What happens at my first appointment?
  9. Can I bring a friend or family member with me to my appointment?
  10. How do I prepare for my appointment - should I eat?

Answers

1. What is the purpose of Diabetes Health Thunder Bay?

Diabetes Health Thunder Bay is a community - based program which provides individual and group diabetes education to people with diabetes, their families and any community supports. We also provide a variety of other services including prevention and education for those people who have prediabetes or are high risk for diabetes.

2. Who provides this service?

A team of skilled diabetes clinicians and support staff - the program consists of several teams of Diabetes Nurse and Registered Dietitian Clinicians with specialized skills and training in diabetes. Clients have access to our counselor for stress, coping and financial issues.

3. Why would I want to go there?

Diabetes is a life-long health condition which requires close attention to maintain good health. Diabetes Health Thunder Bay will help you to learn how to manage your diabetes at home, school and work through all stages of life. We will provide support and resources to help you self manage your diabetes.

4. How do I access someone in the program?

Call to schedule an appointment - self referrals are welcome. Physicians and other health professionals may also refer to the program. Once a referral is received we will contact you with an appointment time.

5. Where is the program offered?

Most of our programs are offered at our office. We also provide outreach programs at some First Nation communities, retirement homes and other community agencies such as Janzens pharmacy, Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, Red River Road Walk in clinic, 55+ Centre, Kakabeka 60+ Centre, Suomi Koti, Jasper Place, and Fort William Reserve Health Centre.

We also offer Ontario Telemedicine Network services to outlying communities.

6. What are the hours available?

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some evening programs are also available.

7. What do I bring to my appointment?

Please bring a current medication list, current bloodwork, if available, and your glucometer and logbook if you currently test your blood glucose.

8. What happens at my first appointment?

You may be placed in a 1 1/2 hour group class for introductory information, or you may be booked for a one-on-one initial appointment with the nurse for one hour followed by the dietitian for one hour.

9. Can I bring a friend or family member with me to my appointment?

Yes, support is always welcome.

10. How do I prepare for my appointment - should I eat?

No preparation is necessary; conduct your day as you normally would.

       
       
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