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Meet the Team

Each healthcare professional plays an important role within your child's Diabetes care;

Doctor or Consultant: It's important for a Doctor or Consultant to be involved in your diabetes care to ensure we're supporting you to manage your diabetes and overall health, including helping you to reduce your risks of developing complications.

Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse (PDSN): These Nurses have specialist knowledge of diabetes; they offer advice and support around managing your blood sugar, adjusting your medications and general diabetes care.

Specialist Paediatric Diabetes Dietitian: The Dietitians in our team are experts in food and can help you understand how what you eat effects your diabetes.

Clinical Psychologist: Speaking to a Psychologist within our team can help with your emotional wellbeing. We know that living with diabetes can be difficult for both the child/young person and family, they can help talk through things with you.

 

Alison Stelling, Lead Nurse

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… Lead the team of Nurses - guiding and supporting them to help you look after your Diabetes.

In my free time I enjoy… Chilling with a good book.

People describe me as… Quirky, funny and apparently "the boss lady".

 

Ali Jackson, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… Care for children in the Durham area from school years 4 to year 9. I look after all their diabetes management and care; including clinics, schools, education and support.

In my free time I enjoy… Running, walking, baking, holidays, watching football and running a youth club.

People describe me as… Tech Savvy, a baker or the walking lady.

 

Kate Gowland, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse & Lead for Young People

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… help our young people gain independence and help them move to the young adult services through transition.

In my free time I enjoy… spending time with my two little boys, running and going to the beach.

People describe me as… Irish, smiley, pocket rocket.

 

Kelly Stobbart, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… Care for young people with diabetes from ages 14-16 (Years 10 and 11). You will see me in a variety of settings including clinics and schools.

In my free time I enjoy… Spending time with my family, walking my dog and watching lots of Football!

People describe me as… Practical and organised.

 

Jo Gray, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… Give people the help and training to manage their diabetes.

In my free time I enjoy… Going to the gym, spending time with my family and reading.

People describe me as… Friendly, practical and organised.

 

Melissa Wright, Adult Diabetes Specialist Nurse (including transition)

My role in the diabetes team is… an adult diabetes specialist nurse with speciality is transition.

In my free time I enjoy… seeing friends and family. I enjoy Zumba and dance fitness classes.

People describe me as… relatable as I am also diabetic myself.

 

Carol Polson, Specialist Paediatric Diabetes Dietitian

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… Help people eat well and to fit diabetes into their lives. I work across all paediatric ages, in Darlington, Bishop Auckland and surrounding areas.

In my free time I enjoy… Reading, walking my dog, pottering in the garden & kitchen - I really enjoy tasty food!

People describe me as… Organised and practical.

 

Emma Featherstone, Specialist Paediatric Diabetes Dietitian

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… Talk to young people about food and exercise. I usually see patients at Chester-le-Street.

In my free time I enjoy… Running, being a mum, baking and drinking coffee!

People describe me as… Funny, creative, practical and "The food lady"

 

Judith Parkinson, Healthcare Assistant

My role in the paediatric diabetes team is to… Do all the patient testing like weighing, measuring and taking bloods - and always looking for diabetes equipment and goods.

In my free time I enjoy… Crafting.

People describe me as… Miss Marple, The glue to our team.

 

Dr Kay, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Suzanne El-Kholy, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Elizabeth Campy, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Swathy Sarangapani, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Manjunath Kambalimath, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr William Lamb, Consultant Paediatrician

Anna Nelson, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Stephanie Barnes, Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Ashley Mehert, Adult Diabetes Specialist Nurse (including transition)

Helen Samson, Adult Diabetes Specialist Nurse (including transition)

  • Paediatric Diabetes Team

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital