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SJHH / Health Services/ Outpatient Services/ Centre for Diabetes Care and Education

Centre for Diabetes Care and Education

What this program does...

The St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton Centre for Diabetes Care and Education provides assessment, education, treatment and support for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, and people that are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our goal is to provide tools and techniques to manage diabetes and live a healthy lifestyle.

We are committed to ensuring that people with diabetes have all the resources and support they need to care for themselves with confidence.

Diabetes programs are offered at both our West 5th Campus and King Campus locations.

How this program helps...

You will learn about what diabetes is and how to manage it and care for yourself. The program is set up to help you meet all your educational needs. We offer one-to-one teaching and group sessions.

One-to-One Appointments:

  • Meet with the nurse educator and dietitian, who are certified diabetes educators.
  • Meetings are spread over several months to give you time to apply what you have learned.
  • During these meetings you will receive information about blood sugar testing, medications, activity, meal planning, controlling stress and preventing potential problems.
  • You will be able to talk about your concerns and ask questions.

Group Education Classes:

  • Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes

This class provides an overview of what diabetes is and helpful information about how to live a healthy life with diabetes.
Recommended for people with type 2 diabetes who are newly diagnosed or want a refresher on current information.

  • Carbohydrate Counting: Consistent Carbs

This class teaches you what carbohydrates are, what foods contain carbohydrates and in what amounts, and how to count carbohydrates to help you control your blood sugar.

  • Label Reading

This class teaches you how to read food labels and know what to look for when you are food shopping.

  • Eat Smart for Your Heart

This class helps you learn how to protect your blood vessels and heart when you have diabetes.  It also reminds you about the effects of fat and fibre and how to shop to stay healthy.

  • Dining Out

This class helps you learn how to select places to eat out.  It also provides tips for making healthy choices when you eat out.

  • Craving Change

This is a series of 3 how-to workshops for changing your relationship with food to help you understand why you eat the way you do.  Over the 3 workshops, you learn how to change your thinking and eating patterns along with helpful techniques to comfort yourself without food. There is a $10 charge to cover the cost of the workbook.

  • Eating on a Budget

This class teaches you to make healthy food choices and stay within your budget with cost-saving tips.

  • Cutting Back on Sodium

This class teaches you how to reduce your sodium intake to lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease through the preparation of delicious foods and healthy eating. 

  • Managing Insulin

This class teaches you about the types of insulin and the way they are given.  You also learn about how to balance blood sugar and adjust insulin doses safely.

  • Diabetes and Caring for Your Feet

A certified chiropodist teaches you how to care for your feet. 

We also offer:

Adult Insulin Pump Program (West 5thCampus)

Gestational Diabetes Program (West 5th Campus)

Your Care Team

  • Certified diabetes educator nurses
  • Certified diabetes educator dietitians
  • Social worker
  • Nurse Practitioner 
  • Endocrinologists available to provide care for complex patients
  • Exercise specialists


King Campus (Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

2757 King Street East
Hamilton, ON
L8G 5E4
Tel: 905-522-1155 Ext. 34819
Fax: 905-573-4843 

West 5th Campus (Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; alternate Thursdays until 7 p.m.)
Level 0
Frank Charles Miller, Medical Outpatient Clinic; Reception D
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton, ON
L9C 0E3
Tel: 905-522-1155 Ext. 32045
Fax: 905-521-6128

Referral Process

For one-to-one appointments with members of our diabetes team, your family doctor can send a referral, or you can refer yourself. Our diabetes care team works closely with you and your family doctor.

To download a copy of our referral form, please click on the link below.

Referral Form

Referral Form (French)

Insulin Prescription Form (French)

Preparing for Your Visit

Please bring to all of your diabetes appointments:

  • Current medications or list of current medications
  • Blood sugar meter
  • Log book of blood sugar readings
  • Your Health card

Welcome Booklet - King Campus

Welcome Booklet - West 5th Campus

Please give 24 hours notice to cancel or change an appointment.

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items. 

Maps & Directions

King Campus

Map to King Campus

The Diabetes Program is located on the lower level. Turn left out of the elevator and follow the signs to the Diabetes Program.

West 5th Campus

Map to West 5th Campus

The Diabetes Clinic is located on Level 0, Medical Outpatient Clinics

Registration Procedures

Please bring your health card. You will register at the booking desk.

After Your Visit

After you have learned about diabetes and your blood sugar is controlled, you will return back to your health care provider for care.  You can come back to our program if your condition changes.

Please explore the following useful links for more information:

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Diabetes Resources

Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)
Tel: 905-528-3211
Diabetes Classes are held in the community.
For upcoming dates please call Lucy Florio 905-540-2512

Take Charge!
This is a free 6-part series for people living with chronic illness. Learn new ways to manage your health.
Location: Held in the community.
To register: Call 1-855-333-2376

Eat Right Ontario
Telephone: 1-877-510-5102

Smokers' Helpline
Telephone: 1-877-513-5333

Patient Education: