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Endocrinology-diabetology unit

The Diabetes Unit of Hôpital de La Tour was opened in 1987 with the aim of improving quality of life for people with diabetes and their families by providing fully covered care for all their needs. Our objective is to help people with diabetes to live long, healthy lives.

The Diabetes Unit has two doctors (Dr Alain Pernet and Dr Nicole Petriccioli), two nurses specialised in clinical diabetology (Ms Nicole Gheno and Ms Ludivine Chaudron), and one dietician (Ms Diane Châtelain), who works in the Nutrition Department. The team is in close contact with other departments in the hospital, such as cardiology, angiology, cardiovascular surgery, interventional radiology, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology and ophthalmology, to ensure wide-ranging care with the highest professional standards. We also keep in touch with the patient’s family physician. In addition, we are in contact with the Swiss Society of Endocrinology-Diabetology and the American Diabetes Association to make sure that we have the best possible resources to care for and educate patients with diabetes.

The Diabetes Unit can take care of people with diabetes on their request, or on referral by their doctor, either as in- or out-patients.

Dr Alain Pernet & Dr Nicole Petriccioli
Chief Physicians

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Many chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease or diabetes require regular follow-up. For this reason, we provide outpatient consultations at Hôpital de La Tour as well as at Clinique de Carouge (on Thursday afternoons) in order to offer the very best treatment conditions to our patients. Over the years, our department has built up 
expertise in these various fields while remaining constantly on the cutting edge of developments. 
Our department is made up of three nutritionists and a nutritional physician, and will provide a personalised response to your needs. No medical prescription is required for treatment. However, the healthcare system may require it for reimbursement


It is estimated that in Switzerland, 20 to 40% of patients in hospitals suffer from undernourishment when they are admitted. Undernourishment in hospital leads to an extension of the average stay, an increase in mortality, doubling of the number of complications and less autonomy when the patient is released. In this context, our nutrition department screen, diagnose and treat patients suffering from undernourishment. In addition, we provide home follow-up for the artificial nutrition of patients who require it.

Raffi Maghdessian
Head of department

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