St. Joseph's General Hospital Health Care with Compassion  

Patient Care - Diabetes


The diabetes education centre offers a range of services to assist people living with diabetes. Classes are offered on a regular monthly schedule. Individual appointments are available. The drop-in clinic is open every Tuesday.

Our classes include:

  • “Diabetes! Now What?” For people with newly diagnosed diabetes, this 2 hour class will get you started on looking after yourself and includes; eating well, blood glucose monitoring and an active lifestyle. A Pharmacare Certificate of Training in Blood Glucose Monitoring is given at this class.

  • “Living Well with Diabetes” This series of three 3 hour classes reviews healthy eating, glucose levels, medications, staying healthy and how to avoid or delay complications.

  • “Review Class” For those who have had previous diabetes education, this 3 hour class looks at what is new in diabetes and will help you stay or get back on track.

  • “Heart Healthy Eating” A 2 hour session on lowering risks for heart disease and managing blood fats (lipids).

  • “Carbohydrate Counting” Spend 2 hours and learn how to count carbohydrates to plan your meals and control your blood glucose levels.

Individual appointments (45 minutes) are also available.

Certified diabetes educators, dietitian and nurse, are here to discuss your individual needs.

Individual 45 minute appointments are available for women with diabetes in pregnancy/ gestational diabetes.

The diabetes team is here to support you throughout your pregnancy.

Drop-in Clinic opens every Tuesday 11:00 – 12:00.

If you have a quick question or concern, you are welcome to drop in.

Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: 307A 14th Street, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 6P5..

Phone: 250-339-1568

Fax: 250-890-3008