Diabetes Education Services

Diabetes Education Services Island Health

Diabetes Education Centres provide education, support, and assistance to people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes. We offer services to people of all ages in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

It is our goal as a program to help people with diabetes self-manage their condition and live a balanced and health life.

General Information on Diabetes Education Services

Referral Required?
Not required
How to Get Referral

We accept self-referrals, physician referrals and other health care professional referrals.

Forms for physicians and other health care professionals: South Island Diabetes Referral FormCentral Island and North Island Referral Form

People with diabetes are welcome to access Diabetes Services.

You are able to book an appointment by phoning the Diabetes Education Centre that you want to go to.


Preparing for Your Visit

Please consider bringing the following to your appointment:

  • Your blood sugar monitor and logbook (if applicable)
  • List of medications and supplements
  • A three day food record
  • List of questions, concerns and/or goals
  • Other diabetes supplies as applicable
  • Insulin prescription (if starting insulin)
  • Notebook and a pen

You may bring a family member or support person to the appointment with you.
Please come to the Diabetes Centre early as parking can be a challenge at some of our clinics. Please be aware that there is a cost for parking in some locations.

Contact Us

Miriam Shrimpton, Manager (Victoria and Cowichan)
Chronic Disease Management and Nutrition Therapy

Heather Tant, Manager (Nanaimo and Port Alberni)
Chronic Disease Management and Nutrition Therapy

Michelle Crosby, Manager (Campbell River and Mt Waddington)
Chronic Disease Management

Average Service Wait Time

Wait times for appointments vary by location and urgency. We make every effort to see people as quickly as possible. For urgent concerns, please contact your physician. For quick questions, drop in services are available at some locations.

Please note, when you book an appointment the time is set aside for you and we expect that you will attend. If you choose not to come, or are unable to make it, please let us know 24 hours in advance. The appointment time can then be used for another person.

Hours of Operation

See details for your local Diabetes Education Centre.



Ladysmith Diabetes Education Program

1111-4th Ave
P.O. Box 10
Room 114B
Ladysmith, B.C. 
V9G 1A1



Nanaimo Paediatric Diabetes Education Centre

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Pediatric Ambulatory Health Clinic
2nd floor (beside Pediatric Unit)
1200 Dufferin Cres
Nanaimo, B.C.
V9S 2B7


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