About the Diabetes Service

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces.

Our team

The Diabetes Service is made up of specialist doctors, nurses and a dietitian.

Endocrinologist/Consultant Physician - Nic Crook 
Endocrinologist - Esther O'Sullivan 

Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialists:

Wendy Gifford
Fiona Seekup
Tim Ryan
Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, Taupō and Tūrangi - Alexandra Landl

Diabetes Dietitian - Eruera Maxted

What we do

The Diabetes Service provides specialist advice for the clinical management of diabetes.

This includes medical, nursing and nutritional management of diabetes; diabetes education and information for patients, family/whānau, health professionals, community groups and the general public.

People with diabetes are seen in outpatient clinics (both hospital and community settings), as inpatients during a hospital admission.

The staff are based at Rotorua & Taupō Hospitals but time is spent in the community setting across the Te Whatu Ora Lakes region.