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DOPC- means Diabetic Outpatient Clinic.This clinic is managed by an experienced doctor and nurses. At Nazareth Hospital, this clinic runs once a week- every Thursday.

What is Diabetes?

The term "diabetes mellitus" refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It's your brain's main source of fuel.

If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the reasons may differ. Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.

Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.

What to Expect at Nazareth Hospital's DOPC Clinic.

There are certain things that you should expect from this clinic. If you have just been diagnosed with diabetes either at our outpatient clinics or you have been reffered, you should have: a full medical examination, a talk with a diabetes care nurse who will explain what diabetes is and about your treatment. Following this you should have several sessions with Diabetis nurses for basic instruction on injection technique, looking after your insulin, syringes and pen, blood glucose testing and what the results of your own testing means. You should also expect to have a discussion about hypoglycaemia (hypos) and how to deal with it.
After this initial help and when you diabetes is under control you should have access to a diabetes care team where you will have the opportunity to be reviewed by experienced doctor, nurses and dieticians/nutritionist. They will assess your diabetes control and discuss any problems with you. You will be given various appointments for reviews. Each time you come to the clinic your weight, height a urine test and a blood test called the Hb will be taken (a test that measures the long-term control of your diabetes). Also your injection sites should be examined. 





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