Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your appointment with our endocrinology service.
Before your appointment
You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment. You are also welcome to ask for a chaperone and we will endeavour to provide one for you. Remember to check your appointment letter for anything specific you have been asked to take with you. In some circumstances, you may also be asked to have a blood or urine test before attending your first clinic appointment as this will help to speed up your treatment. In addition, it would be helpful if you could bring the following:
- Your full address and telephone number(s)
- Your appointment card and appointment letter
- Your GP’s name and address
- Money to pay for any prescriptions, or an exemption card
- A list of questions you may want to ask your consultant
- Please also bring your tablets or a list of your current tablets with you
During your appointment
Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.
We usually see patients within six weeks of referral; sooner if it is urgent. Please expect your appointment to take up to an hour; two hours if you require blood tests or examinations.
After your appointment
If you are hormone deficient, we can arrange for hormone replacement therapy. If surgery is required, we will arrange for endocrine surgery as necessary.
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