I recently went for an outpatient appointment at my specialist centre in the South of the UK.
It really has been worth every effort to get down to this specialist as they really understand and appreciate how much you try to do for your health, and understand human limitations.
In my experience, regular GP's and nurses do not seem to have nearly enough knowledge about what its like to live with Type 1 Diabetes on a day to day basis. Sometimes I even feel like I am filling them in on whats right and whats normal.
After having been made to feel desperately bad at a non-specialist centre, I feel incredibly blessed to be able to go to a place where they understand the realistic difficulties of living with diabetes.
By the way, this specialist unit is part of the NHS, thank goodness, so I don't even have to pay for this amazing level of care.