Who We Are
The Barrie & Community Family Health Team’s Diabetes Program is a multidisciplinary team approach to helping patients with diabetes better manage their disease. Our goal is to improve health outcomes for adults living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by providing education that supports individual learning and patient self-management.
Our team consists of Certified Diabetes Educators (RNs, RDs and a Pharmacist-with advanced knowledge and training in diabetes management), who work closely with Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Specialists. This comprehensive program is available to all patients with a Family Health Team Physician. Family Health Team patients are referred to the Diabetes Program by their Family Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Our program also belongs to the Barrie and Area Diabetes Collaborative, a community collaborative which strives to coordinate care with other local diabetes programs to ensure patients receive the right care, at the right time, and the right place.
All patient visits are covered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. After a visit with our health care providers, your health information is shared with your Family Physician and becomes part of your medical record.
Visits are available both in person and over the phone with a member of our team.
What you can expect at your appointment with your Diabetes Educator:
- Your health and diet history will be collected and reviewed
- Your weight and blood pressure will be taken if you choose (in-person appointments only)
- We will review your medications and discuss your blood glucose monitor
- We will review and explain your recent diabetes blood work results
You will receive information about your diabetes, appropriate use of your medications, learn more about healthy nutrition, and gain confidence in your ability to manage your diabetes.
Prediabetes Information Session
To better manage the referrals we receive for patients with a Prediabetes diagnosis, we offer a group information session where the same material reviewed at a one-on-one visit is shared. These sessions are led by a Registered Dietitian and provide opportunity for discussion and questions. If you attend the information session, you may still attend one-on-one follow-up visits to further support you in reaching your health goals.
Information sessions are currently available virtually (via ZOOM). Please review the session description to learn more, including how to register.