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Diabetes and Endocrinology


The diabetes centre at Bedford Hospital provides services to patients with diabetes and endocrine conditions.

We provide both in and outpatient services. The outpatient services are based in the diabetes centre in Rye Close, near Cygnet Wing. The centre has consultation rooms for doctors, nurses, dietitians and podiatrists. We also have a retinal screening room and a seminar room.

The inpatient service covers patients directly under the care of the consultants and an advisory service for patients with diabetes under the care of other consultants.

We have a multidisciplinary team of doctors, diabetes specialist nurses, specialist dietitians and specialist podiatrists. We also have an endocrine specialist nurse and a team of administrative staff who support the clinicians.

The department deals with the diagnosis and management of a diverse range of hormonal and metabolic disorders. It encompasses a wide variety of conditions ranging from those which are common, for example type 2 diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome, to those that are rare but eminently treatable such as pituitary tumours, multiple endocrine neoplasia and Addison’s disease.

We aim to provide a flexible and responsive service from a multi-professional team. We try to treat patients as individuals, recognising that a long term condition such as diabetes may affect many aspects of people’s lives. Our goal is to empower patients to enable them to manage their diabetes with confidence. We also have a telephone service for advice between appointments which is available on
01234 792287


We offer a young adult clinic for patients aged 16-21 years with diabetes, an adult diabetes service for any patient with type 1 diabetes and for patients with type 2 diabetes who’s GP recommends a specialist review. We also offer a specialist diabetes foot service for patients with diabetic foot problems and a joint antenatal/diabetes service with the obstetric service for pregnant ladies who have diabetes (this clinic is held in the Cygnet Wing). We provide counselling and advice for ladies with diabetes who wish to conceive and also run a dose adjustment for normal eating (DAFNE) course for adults with type 1 diabetes.

The endocrine service sees patients with thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, PCOS, adrenal disorders, hirsutism, and other endocrine conditions. The clinic performs endocrine investigations and thyroid biopsies.

Most clinics are held in the diabetes centre except the the antenatal/diabetes clinic which is held in Cygnet Wing. To view a hospital site map please follow this link:
Site Map

Antenatal/diabetes clinic

Diabetes foot clinic

Diabetes follow-up clinic
Endocrine/general medical new patient clinic
Endocrine nurse investigation clinic
General endocrine follow-up clinic
High risk diabetes clinic

Nephrology (satellite clinic from the Lister Hospital)


Preliminary new patient diabetes clinic

Young adult diabetes clinic (alternate weeks)

Key Staff

Dr Nick Morrish MD FRCP, consultant diabetologist/endocrinologist, clinical lead
Dr Mustafa Khan, MBBS MRCP, consultant diabetologist/endocrinologist
Dr Rajeev Kumar, MBBS MRCP, consultant diabetologist/endocrinologist
Dr Alison Melvin, MD FRCP, consultant diabetologist/endocrinologist
Dr Shwe Zin Chit Pan, MBBS MRCP, consultant diabetologist/endocrinologist
Mrs Julia Pledger MSc SRN, consultant diabetes nurse specialist
Mrs Lesley Cowley RGN, diabetes nurse specialist (inpatients)
Mrs Julie de Souza RGN, diabetes nurse specialist
Mrs Julia Brown RGN, paediatric diabetes nurse specialist
Mrs Kim Taylor SRM, diabetes nurse specialist
Mrs Claire Springall RGN diabetes nurse specialist
Mrs Clare Keech RGN, endocrine nurse
Ms Marielle Valette BSc RD, lead specialist diabetes dietitian
Mr Andrew Wilson BSc RD , specialist diabetes dietitian
Mrs Sue Luscombe BSc RD, specialist dietitian
Mrs Cheryl Barber, specialist diabetes podiatrist
Mrs Rosalind Garside, specialist diabetes podiatrist
There are also two specialist registrars working in the department and a dedicated team of administrative staff. To find out more about our consultants please visit the about my consultant pages of this website.

Contact Us

If you would like to book, cancel or change your appointment, please phone the diabetes centre on 01234 355122 extension 2974 or 01234 792287.