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Contact Details for Referrals:

Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN): Trust wide: (028) 3756 1366

Diabetes Specialist Dietitians (DSD): South Tyrone: (028) 37565308     Lurgan:  (028) 37561049            Newry:    (028) 37562060

Diabetes Specialist Podiatrists:  Tel: (028) 37563444

Diabetes Specialist Physiotherapist:  Tel: (028) 37565308

DESMOND programme for Type 2 Diabetes:

For further information about structured education programmes:   Diabetes Secretary, 1st Floor Lurgan H&SS Centre, 100 Sloan Street, Lurgan, BT66 8NT.

Other useful links:



Diabetes Prevention Programme


The number of people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland is estimated at 96,000 with Type 2 diabetes accounting for 90% of all cases. The Diabetes Prevention Programme is an evidence based programme designed to help delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes for those identified as pre-diabetic by a healthcare professional.

The good news is that if you are in this position, the Diabetes Prevention Programme is here to help you reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Programme is run over a 9 month period with 18 individual sessions carried out in a group setting covering topics of nutrition, exercise and behaviour change.  Changes in participant’s lifestyles can lead to a lowering of blood sugar levels into normal healthy ranges.

What is pre-diabetes and how can I reduce my risk?

How can I get invited to a programme?

Firstly, your GP or practice nurse has to refer you to us. When we receive the referral, we will contact you and invite you on to a local programme.

Eligibility and exclusion criteria for the Diabetes Prevention Programme can be found below*.

Eligibility Criteria:Exclusion Criteria:
Aged 18 years + Patients with Dementia
Identified as at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by a blood test (HbA1c 42-47 mmol/mol or FBG 5.5-6.9 mmol/l in the last 3 months) Pregnancy/breastfeeding
No subsequent diagnosis of Type 2 diabetesGestational diabetes within the last 12 months
Patients with Terminal Disease
*SHSCT DPP team reserve the right to apply discretion when screening for eligible patients.  

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Useful resources

Diabetes UK – Know Your Risk of Type 2 diabetes

Prediabetes | Diabetes UK | Reduce risk type 2 diabetes



Kathryn Bleakney

Early Intervention & Prevention Programme Manager

Promoting Wellbeing, Ward 2, St Luke’s Hospital, Loughgall Road, Armagh, BT61 7NQ.


Call us028 3756 6200

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