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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:


    For the individual newly diagnosed with diabetes, or as a refresher, this class provides a general overview and helpful hints on how to live a healthy life with diabetes.


    Everything you wanted to know about carbohydrates and more. Learn which foods have carbohydrates and how counting carbohydrates can help control your blood sugar.


    Confused reading food labels? This class will make you an expert in no time!


    Getting to the Heart of Diabetes. Learn how to protect your heart. What you need to know about fats and fibre and which foods should be in your grocery cart.


    Is it possible to eat healthy while eating out? This interactive class will teach you tips and guidelines to help you make healthy choices at a restaurant, food court or a friend’s house.

  • DIABETES AND CARING FOR YOUR FEET – Why it is so Important

    Learn how to care for your feet. Chiropodist present for discussion.


    A how-to workshop for changing your relationship with food. Understand WHY you eat the way you do. Comfort yourself without food. Change your thinking, change your eating. Cost of workshop is $10 (includes price of workbook).

  • EATING WELL WITH DIABETES (West 5th Campus only)

    “In the Eating Well with Diabetes group session, a Registered Dietitian will cover topics such as healthy food choices, meal planning, reading food labels and how food relates to diabetes management.”

*All persons interested in attending class must call to register as all classes are subject to enrolment. Contact us (below) to register. 

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
  • Diabetes specialists
  • 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: 905-573-4819
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

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

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

Diabetes Canada
Tel: 905-528-3211
Diabetes Classes are held in the community.

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
Telephone: 1-877-510-5102

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

Patient Education: