Diabetes and endocrinology

Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas does not produce any insulin, or not enough, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance).

Endocrinology is the branch of medicine dealing with disorder of the endocrine system and its specific secretions, called hormones.

We offer the following specialist services at the Lister, New QEII and Hertford County hospitals.


  • Inpatient diabetes care
  • Joint diabetes eye clinics
  • Joint diabetes foot problems clinic
  • Joint diabetes kidney clinic
  • Joint antenatal clinics
  • Monogenic diabetes service
  • Insulin pump clinics
  • Glucose monitoring systems
  • Structured patient education
  • Transitional adolescent diabetes care
  • Nationally renowned expertise in diabetes provision


  • General endocrinology services
  • Management of blood lipids disorders
  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Pituitary disease
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Transitional adolescent endocrinology care
  • Joint antenatal clinics
  • National expertise in cancer-related endocrinology and support (Dr Ken Darzy)

At the Lister patients are admitted onto one of the inpatient wards as and when required.

Patients are seen at Lister, New QEII and Hertford County within the outpatients departments by a consultant.

Contact details


Dr Peter Winocour – clinical lead
Dr Ben Zalin
Dr Felicity Kaplan
Dr Ken Darzy
Dr Stella George
Dr Samer Alsabbagh
Dr Andrew Solomon
Dr Zacs-Varghese
Dr Jalini Joharatnam
Dr Sarika Deshpande

Medical secretaries

Nichola Bloxham – based at Lister 01438 284090 – secretary for Dr Ben Zalin, Dr Zacs-Varghese.
Jacqui Johnson – based at Lister 01438 284828 (med sec for Dr Felicity Kaplan, Dr Stella George)
Julie Sayers – based at QEII 01438 288309 (med sec for Dr Peter Winocour, Dr Darzy, Dr Deshpande)
Michele Kay – based at QE2 01438 288310 (med sec for Dr Peter Winocour, Dr Darzy, Dr Deshpande)
Ruth Martin – based at Lister 01438 284482 (med sec for Dr Solomon & Dr Joharatnam)
Denise Chilton – diabetes database co-ordinator – based at QEII 01707 225003

Community paediatric diabetic team

New QEII Hospital, Howlands, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7 4HQ

Tel: 01707 224612;  and fax:  01707 224737

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