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Endocrinology

Endocrinology looks at your glands which secrete hormones, including the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands. It is important to ensure your hormones are working correctly, as they control many body functions such as brain function, appetite and obesity.Problems with the production of hormones can cause disorders such as diabetes, cushing’s syndrome and acromegaly (excess growth). 

Our consultants work with specialist teams to diagnose and treat endocrine disorders. Treatments for endocrine disorders can include hormone replacement therapy, which can deal with issues caused during menopause, or problems caused as a result of hormone deficiency. 

How you might be diagnosed

  • Blood tests – these are the main way of checking hormone levels in the body. A wide range of tests can be done on a sample, and it is used for diagnosis and ongoing monitoring of these conditions.
  • Urine tests – these samples show up excess or unprocessed hormones and other substances that may signify things like diabetes and adrenal excess.
  • Imaging – The Wilmslow Hospital has a range of imaging technology, including MRI, ultrasound and x-ray, which can be used to locate problem glands and problems caused by them.

How you might be treated

  • Medication – a range of drugs can be used to either act on the disordered gland or counteract its effects. These will be carefully monitored and adjusted over time. Naturally occurring hormones can also be replaced with medication if a gland has failed or been removed.
  • Surgery – in some cases it is most effective to remove a faulty gland. This is most common with thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal conditions.
  • Diet and lifestyle advice – some endocrine problems, such as diabetes, may be controlled simply by changing the way you eat and exercise, and a healthier lifestyle can help with most conditions. In addition to the endocrine consultants, we have a team of dieticians and physiotherapists who can help you plan the necessary changes.

Need help with your booking?

If you have private medical cover, our friendly business office team can liaise with your insurance company on your behalf, arranging everything you need to start your treatment with us.

If you are self-funding your treatment, our team can provide pricing details for your consultations, diagnostics and procedures and book your appointment too.

Talk to us

Have a question? You can talk to someone on our friendly team by phone 01625 545 036 or contact us online.

Referring a patient

If you are a medical professional looking to refer your patient to us, you can write a referral letter to us and if you know the consultant that you would like your patient to see, please outline this on the letter. We also accept unnamed referrals. In this case our team will assign the most appropriate consultant to suit your patient’s needs. You then either email your referral letter to us on thewilmslowhospital@hcahealthcare.co.uk or fax it to us on 01625 545 099

 

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