Dealing with Diabetes

Manchester Diabetes Centre

The Manchester Diabetes Centre (MDC) was established at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in April 1988 and was the first of its kind in the UK. Professor Steve Tomlinson initially created the Centre, with the aim of providing improved care and education for people with diabetes.

Patients referred to the MDC by their GP have access to a multidisciplinary team, including specialist nurses and dietitians, who can help them manage their condition day to day and in the longer term. The MDC focuses on patients with Type 1 diabetes and more complex Type 2 patients with complications of their diabetes and/or other health conditions.

To encourage patients to participate in managing their own health needs, we aim to remain informal and friendly in our approach. The Centre is situated on the edge of the Trust site, and staff do not wear uniforms, creating an informal atmosphere rather than a formal clinical setting.

The MDC provides extensive outpatient services and takes referrals from other hospitals in the region. We also support hospital-based patients and provide clinical and educational support for healthcare professionals, both community and hospital based.

Patient care advances

The Centre has seen many changes in diabetes management, which have been particularly beneficial in helping patient take control of their condition, such as the development of insulin injection pen devices. These are much more user friendly than the old fashioned stainless steel 2 inch hypodermic needle and glass syringe which required sterilisation by patients in their own homes.

Likewise, years ago patients were not able to monitor their own blood glucose levels at home without purchasing a large non-portable machine that took several minutes to produce a result. Now self-testing can be performed in five seconds on a portable device smaller than a mobile phone.