Update to phone lines at our Birchmount and General Hospitals: If calling through Birchmount main line (416-495-2400), add “7” when dialing an extension. If calling through General main line (416-438-2911), add “8” when dialing an extension.

Diabetes Education

An estimated 1.2 million people in Ontario have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and those numbers are expected to rise. Diabetes has a strong prevalence in individuals of Asian, South Asian and Caribbean descent, and with much of our community’s population comprised of these cultural backgrounds, SHN has become a leader in diabetes management, treatment and prevention strategies.

There is data available showing incidence in Scarborough compared to rest of the province.

Patients with diabetes have complex needs and require a wide range of services, including intensive, short-term care in some cases to stabilize their condition. These services are provided by an interprofessional health care team, (made up of endocrinologist, registered nurse and registered dietician if needed referrals can be made to CCDC for social work and pharmacist) which includes education and social supports, to ensure patients receive overall, holistic care throughout their journey.

SHN partners with many health care and community organizations to ensure access to timely, high-quality services in the most appropriate setting. Services include diagnostic testing, assessments, interventions, follow-up and education to provide integrated, patient-focused care from hospital to community that enhances the quality of life for our patients living with diabetes. If you are living with diabetes, education is an important part of helping to manage your condition. SHN offers diabetes education services for children, adolescents, and adults.