Other Resources

Sharps Disposal in the Western Bay of Plenty

If you are moniotoring your own blood glucose or using insulin then you need to dispose of your used sharps safely. Do this by asking your local Pharmacy for a free yellow sharps bin/container. Once this has been filled you can return it to any Pharmacy in the WBOP and get a replacement. 
Bongards Pharmacy on Cameron Rd at Greerton has a supply of sharps containers and other diabetes resources if needed, to include log books and spare insulin pens. 

High Risk Foot Program

Having diabetes can put you at risk of potentially developing complications with your feet such as sores, ulcers and eventually amputation. These are avoided by keeping your blood glucose levels in an appropriate range as discussed with your usual healthcare provider, and taking care of your feet. Most people with diabetes are able to care for their own feet and check them regularly. For those who cannot we recommend visiting a registered podiatrist such as Foot Mechanics who have clinics on Hamilton Street in Tauranga and at Arataki. In the WBOP you have to pay for these services unless you have 'high risk feet.' if you have high risk feet you are then able to access three monthly free care from Foot Mechanics.

A high risk foot is one where there is evidence that the circulation or sensation is not as good as it should be. Click here for details of how to access the high risk for program. This contract is currently held by Foot Mechanics in the WBOP and funded by the BOP DHB. 

Eye Care for People with diabetes

Some people may develop blurred vision on diagnosis due to high levels of sugar in the blood. These generaly settled once changes are made to diet and/or medication is introduced. You are advised not to change your glasses during this period. 

On diagnosis you should receive a referral to the Tauranga Eye Specialists, formerly Park Street Eye Clinic. On your first visit you may be given eye drops which will help view the retina at the back of your eye. This gives the eye clinic the ability to see if any damage has taken place. If your HbA1c and diabetes control is good you may only need to visit the eye clinic every 3 years. Other people may visit between 6 monthly and two yearly. It is important to keep these appointments. Ring the clinic on 07-578 7508 if you cannot attend and make an appointment at a time to suit you. 

Advocacy in the Western Bay of Plenty

Living and working with diabetes can be hard if you do not feel very well. It can be made harder by those who do not understand the disease. Click here for information on your rights when working with diabetes.  If you feel your family or employer do not understand your needs or you require support accessing services with a GP or Hospital please contact our INFOLine for details or how we can help. 07 5713422

Carbohydrate counting 

Check out the Starship resource here


It is a privilege to drive a motor vehicle and with it comes major personal and legal responsibilities. Driving is a complex skill both physically and mentally and for people with diabetes who drive, extra precautions need to be taken to help maximise road safety. The main hazard for those who take insulin is the unexpected occurrence of hypo's.  If you have diabetes then according to NZLTA you must inform them if any conditions that may affect your ability to drive safely. For some people on insulin or a sulphonlyurea,  this includes type one and type two diabetes. It is important to ensure your BGL's are in a safe range to drive.  Tips on safety and driving can be found here. You may also want to inform your insurance company to ensure any insurance you have may cover you in the event of an accident. 

Sick Day's in Type one Diabetes

Click here for information on how to manage days when unwell

Diabetes Annual Review

As we get older we tend to accumlate a number of co-existing conditions that can often overwhelm us and relegate diabetes management to second place. It is vital therefore to at least have a review of your diabetes once a year, if not 3 monthly for some. Details of what to expect in your annual review can be found here.