Diabetes Central Ottawa – Intake & Referral (DCO) is your access point to six Community Diabetes Education Programs offering type 2 and prediabetes adult education in Ottawa and Kemptville. Education teams consist of Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Registered Nurses (RNs); many are also Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs).
Refer by Fax or Ocean eReferral:
- Fax Referral Form, print and fax form
- eReferral Form, requires Ocean account – no cost to send Ocean eReferrals to DCO
No Ocean account? Visit Ocean’s website for more information. For assistance with Ocean account setup consider completing this Ocean support form for healthcare providers in the Ontario Health East Region.
Free Diabetes Education Services Include:
- Group and individual diabetes management sessions
- Insulin and GLP-1 Analog initiation/management (working with Family Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Specialists)
- Virtual, telephone and individual appointment options with RN and RD
- Follow-up care, to help adults manage their diabetes
- Services available in most languages
- Several service locations, click here to see program locations
DCO’s Six Partner Diabetes Education Programs:
- Bruyère Diabetes Education Program
- Community Diabetes Education Program of Ottawa
- Eastern Ottawa Diabetes Education Program
- Kemptville District Hospital Diabetes Education Program; offering virtual services to the Ottawa South Area
- Ottawa Hospital Healthy Lifestyle Diabetes Education Program
- Wabano Aboriginal Diabetes Education Program
Facts About The Diabetes Education Programs:
- Referred patients are offered individualized and/or group diabetes education sessions.
- Schooled in principles of adult education educators assess needs then use a combination of health coaching, motivation techniques, and conversation to facilitate learning and enhance self-management skills.
- There are additional services and supports your patients can access through the diabetes educators such as foot care assessment, a label-reading course, and grocery store tours.
- Programs work with referring physicians, nurse practitioners, and specialists when adjusting diabetes medications.
- Programs are available to adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes whether they need an endocrinologist or not.
- Education programs provide referrer status updates.
- Supported by Ontario Health East; education services are free.