The Diabetes Day Program (DDP) provides education about diabetes, including education for newly diagnosed families. The DDP is located in the
Medical Day Unit (MDU) on the 2nd floor of BC Children’s Hospital. The education program for new families usually takes 3–4 full days over a 1- to 2-week period. Please arrive by 8 AM and plan to be here until about 5:30 PM each day. You will be able to go home and return the next morning.
For more information about the Diabetes Day Program, download our
If your child has been in contact with any infectious diseases (e.g. chicken pox) in the three weeks before this visit, please let us know. Your child may need to be isolated from other children in the MDU.
Please bring the following to your visit:
your BC CareCard/Service Card
- your blue BC Children's Hospital card (if you have one)
- any blood glucose meter, logbook, insulin or diabetes supplies that you already have
- written information or hospital records that your family doctor or pediatrician has prepared for us
If you are from outside of the Greater Vancouver area and need to find a place to stay, the
BC Family Residence Program may cover the cost of accommodation, if you have an appointment booked.
Parents/caregivers can bring their own meals and snacks, or we can point out the coffee shops and cafeteria on site. The DDP has a small fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster that you can use.
More information about accommodations and food is available at BCCH's
Your Visit page.
All parents/guardians need to attend the diabetes education program to learn to care for their child. There are no childcare services for siblings. Please leave younger siblings at home with a sitter, or arrange for a family member to look after them at the hospital while you are learning.
If you need to contact the MDU, the phone number is 604-875-3680 or toll free in BC 1-888-300-3088, x3680. We look forward to meeting you and helping you learn about diabetes.