Our Services


Our diabetes team aim to provide a multidisciplinary and innovative approach to cater to the needs of the population with diabetes in South Tyneside, and those people with diabetes in the community in Sunderland.  This involves specialist general diabetes services and more specialised services for patients with renal disease, foot care, retinal disease, those planning a pregnancy and those who are pregnant. There is an expanding insulin pump service with 24 hours on call service and metabolic clinics for those patients with more complex needs and unstable diabetes.  There is a service for young people between the ages of 16 to 25 years and the team link in with the paediatric diabetes team for transition and handover of patients at the age of 16 years.

The team have excellent working relationships with primary care and the community diabetes specialist nurses receive referrals from the GP’s in the Sunderland area and from the Sunderland diabetes team to see patients’ at home or in clinic.

The intermediate service (Tier 4) is a recent development which works across traditional organisational boundaries, incorporating the services of a GP with Special Interest (GPwSI) in diabetes and diabetes nurse input in community clinics. This service take diabetes care closer to home and aspire to empower patients to be seen by the right professional the first time, every time. This involves joined working with early consultant led triage of referrals and an ethos of multidisciplinary working.

Where is the service provided from?

Clinics are provided at:

  • South Tyneside District Hospital: Out-patients department, Edythe Browne House, Ward 17
  • Palmers Community Hospital
  • Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
  • Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre
  • Houghton Primary Care Centre

There are a variety of group patient education programmes available.

‘DESMOND’ is available in South Tyneside and Sunderland and provided at a variety of locations for those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The sessions are provided at:

  • Flagg Court Primary Care Centre
  • The Glenn Primary Care Centre
  • Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre
  • Washington Primary Care Centre
  • Houghton Primary Care Centre
  • Bunnyhill Primary Care Centre
  • Riverview Health Centre
  • Pallion Health Centre

‘DAISY’ is a group education programme for people with type 1 diabetes on a basal bolus insulin regimen and DAISY 2 is for those with type 2 diabetes on a basal bolus regimen.

The team 

Consultants: Dr Khaled Dukhan, Dr Jeevan Mettayil, Dr Shaz Wahid

Diabetes Specialist Nurses: Joanne Ambler, Neva Ferguson, Brigid Marron, Deb Nolan, Kay Sadler, Alison Stewart

Dietitian: Roseanne Raine

Both Dr Mettayil and Dr Dukhan also are involved in supporting Research studies as local Principal investigators.

Contact details

Dr K. Dukhan STDH 0191 404100 ext 4464

Dr J Mettayil STDH 0191 404100 ext 2647

Dr Shaz Wahid 0191 404100 ext 2934

Diabetes Specialist Nurses STDH  0191 2022161

Diabetes Specialist Nurses  Grindon PCC 0191 5252390

Dietitians STDH 0191 4041084

Locations for Diabetes in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, 0191 404 1000

Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow, 0191 451 6000

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields, 0191 455 4621

Flagg Court Primary Care Centre, South Shields, 0191 283 2000

The Glen Primary Care Centre, Hebburn, 0191 283 2280

Locations for Diabetes in Sunderland:

Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre, Sunderland, 0191 525 2300

Houghton Primary Care Centre, Durham, 0191 502 5660

Washington Primary Care Centre, Washington, 0191 5027555

Bunnyhill Primary Care Centre, Sunderland, 0191 5195800

Riverview Health Centre, Sunderland, 0191 565 3040

Pallion Health Centre, Sunderland, 0191 502 6424