Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre

The aim of the Centre is to provide patients with a high standard of diabetes care in pleasant and relaxing surroundings, with a view to improving both health and quality of life.

The Bertram Diabetes Centre was opened in 1989.  It was built and equipped with money raised by the Norfolk Diabetes Appeal, and administered by the Norwich and Norfolk Diabetes Trust. The Appeal received a gift of £120,000 from the late Elsie Bertram, MBE, to initiate the project. 

The Trust then went on to build and equip the Diabetes Eye Unit.  It continues to support improvements in diabetes care and now plans to help in the establishment of a dedicated Diabetic Foot Clinic and Vascular Investigation Unit.

Dietary advice

A Dietitian is available during clinics and at other times. To make an appointment please phone the Dietetic department 01603 287011.


Treatment and advice aimed at preventing diabetic foot problems and helping those with foot complications is available from our specialist chiropodist. Please telephone 01603 288522.


Although the Centre is open at the times stated below, clinical activity commences 8.15am Monday to Friday in the mornings and at 1.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in the afternoon by appointment.

You will have the opportunity to discuss your diabetic control and any related problems with a doctor who has specialist knowledge of diabetes. You will usually see a senior doctor at every or alternate visits.

A diabetic annual review will be offered to you each year to assess your diabetic control and to screen for possible complications. At this visit it will usually be necessary to administer eye drops which may make driving difficult for a few hours.

A Diabetes Nurse Specialist is available without appointment between 09:00 and 10:00 Monday to Friday for consultation about urgent problems. For non urgent matters please telephone to arrange a convenient time to call by phoning 01603 288405.