Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology

Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital

Adult Insulin Pump Service

Insulin Pumps are increasingly being used in the management of type 1 diabetes. Pumps offer the opportunity to vary basal insulin doses with greater specificity, to alter insulin doses with food , exercise or other variations in lifestyle, and to react more quickly to external factors. Hence, insulin pumps offer the opportunity to optimise diabetes care with  greater lifestyle flexibility, and may be particularly helpful for shift workers, elite or keen athletes, or those who want to have greater lifestyle flexibility with exercise or mealtimes.

Those who are aiming for particularly intensive targets may also find these helpful (eg for pregnancy planning, or for those with loss of hypoglycaemia awareness). These benefits are best achieved with careful monitoring, assessment of diet and exercise, and ongoing re-evaluation. 

The insulin pump service at Westmead Hospital will provide information on what is involved in pump therapy, to assess patient suitability and facilitate the initiation of pump therapy. We aim to upskill patients so that they can themselves make appropriate modifications in conjunction with their treating physicians/nurse educators. Young adult patients may wish to attend the Young Adult Clinic Service as an alternative. Children should attend the Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Staff

Ms Marlene Payk

A/Prof NW Cheung

Dr S Lim-Tio

Appointments

Contact Ms Marlene Payk on (02) 8890 6466 for an initial appointment.

Referrals

A valid referral to one of the doctors is required for the pump clinic.