Community Diabetes Service Bexley, Greenwich

The community diabetes team has expanded to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary diabetes service to residents of Greenwich. The team includes secondary care colleagues and works closely with the Diabetes Day Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The team comprises:

  • a dietitian with advanced knowledge of ethnic food variations
  • an advanced podiatrist
  • a psychologist
  • diabetes specialist nurses with extensive experience in managing patients with complex needs.

Clinics are held in various locations across Greenwich and Bexley.

Oxleas Patient Experience survey

The Oxleas Patient Experience survey gives you the opportunity to feedback on the care and treatment you have received. We also encourage your friends, family and carers to also provide feedback. Hearing your views gives us a better understanding of the needs of our patients, families and carers which helps us to make sure that we are providing a good standard of care. 

The short survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can provide a written comment explaining what you think is working well and what is not. The Patient Experience team will collect the results of the surveys and these are shared with the relevant departments and management teams. This helps us to shape our services to continually improve the quality of the care and treatment we provide.


  • Community health services (adults)

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151-153 Lodge Hill
Goldie Leigh
Abbey Wood


Public phone number:

020 8319 7078


Hi, I’ve asked my doctors surgery for a prescription for a “freestyle Libre 2” constant blood sugar monitor.
Without success.
Im trying to get my blood sugar in order with exercise and a low carb diet.
Would you be able to prescribe this for me?


Dear Matthew

The FreeStyle Libre 2 is a glucose monitoring system that is only available on prescription for people with Type 1 diabetes. The Diabetes team at Queen Marys Hospital can initiate this for you if you meet the following criteria (taken from the Diabetes UK website) :

You have type 1 diabetes and you need to check your blood sugar level more than eight times a day.
You have type 1 and have previously paid for Flash and can show it has improved your HbA1c.
You have type 1 and have severe hypos or have reduced hypo awareness.
You have type 1 and are unable to test regularly due to a disability.
You’re a pregnant woman with type 1 diabetes.
You have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and use insulin and are identified as having a learning disability. You'll need to be on your GP's learning disability register. You and your supporter can check with your GP if you're on their register and ask to be added if you're not. Find out more about the disability register and see our easy-read health information for people with learning disabilities and their supporters.
You have cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and you take insulin.
You have another type of diabetes that you treat with insulin and you’re also on haemodialysis, which is a procedure that takes over kidney function when your kidneys aren’t working. You’ll also need to show that you have to check your blood sugars more than eight times a day to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range.
You work somewhere that your diabetes team have said isn’t appropriate for finger-pricking. (From October 2020 you should be offered continuous glucose monitors (CGM) as the technology of choice) Or there are emotional or social factors that mean you can’t prick your finger. Both of these cases mean you can have a six-month trial.

Unfortunately this is not something we can initiate for you in the Oxleas community service.

Should you choose to self-fund the FreeStyle Libre 2 system then we may be able to support you in using the device.

Kind regards

Lisa Cooper
Associate Director Adult Community Services

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