Diabetes Services for pregnant women and new mothers

Diabetes Services for pregnant women are provided through the following Community Health Centres across NNSWLHD;

  • Lismore Base Hospital
  • Grafton Base Hospital
  • The Tweed Hospital
  • Murwillumbah District Hospital
  • Byron Central Hospital

Clinical care is provided for all pregnant women who have existing or newly diagnosed diabetes. Appointments are prioritised for pregnant women with Type 1 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and Type 2 Diabetes on insulin.

Referral is made directly to an Obstetrician if blood glucose levels are unstable and the patient is 36-40 weeks gestation as they may need to be induced rather than commence insulin.  Women with Gestational Diabetes are contacted after birth to discuss post Gestational Diabetes Oral Glucose Tolerance Testing.

To contact a Diabetes Services for pregnant women and new mothers phone:

07 5506 7325The Tweed Antenatal Clinic
02 6672 0238Murwillumbah Antenatal Clinic
02 6639 9400Byron Central Hospital
02 6620 7301Lismore Base Hospital Outpatient’s Clinic
02 6640 2222Grafton Base Hospital

The Tweed Hospital

Women with existing Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus are referred to the Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic. They have repeat appointments at this clinic. They are seen one to one by the Diabetes Educator and Dietitian. They most often have their baby at The Tweed Hospital, but may be referred to Gold Coast University Hospital or Mater Mothers if their pregnancy issues are outside the recommended parameters for The Tweed Maternity Service i.e. need for tertiary scans or birth early. Women with Gestational Diabetes are also referred to the Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic where they are seen by an Endocrinologist. There is a Diabetes Dietitian who provides education about diet.

Lismore Base Hospital

Women with existing Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus attend the Diabetes Clinic and the High Risk Antenatal Clinic. There is no specific Diabetes in pregnancy clinic. Women with Gestational Diabetes are referred to the High Risk Antenatal Clinic.

Grafton Base Hospital

Women with existing Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus attend the Locum High Risk Antenatal Clinic or may be referred to a private Obstetrician.

Women with Gestational Diabetes are referred to the Locum High Risk Antenatal Clinic. They will also see the Diabetes Nurse.

Byron Hospital

Women with Gestational Diabetes who are booked to give birth at a TBHSG may be able to see the Diabetes Educator throughout their pregnancy. This position is located in the Byron Central Hospital.