Auckland DHB Endocrinology Service
Those that are severe enough to require hospitalisation are rare. They require referral by your General Practitioner (GP) to the consultant or registrar who will decide the most appropriate management.
These are actioned by the GP writing a letter to the Endocrinology Department of your local DHB, requesting an appointment.
When you come to the Department, you will be assessed by either a specialist or trainee registrar or in some cases, with your consent, by a supervised senior student doctor or trainee intern.
New clinic appointments last for 30 to 45 minutes. The process involves taking a history of your presenting condition, a general history and review of medications, examination and appropriate tests.
New patient clinics
General endocrine disorders are held on Monday afternoons.
Thyroid conditions on Wednesday mornings.
Metabolic bone disorders on Friday afternoons.
Outpatient radioiodine treatment is provided in the Radiation Oncology Department at Auckland Hospital on Thursday afternoons.
Additional follow-up clinics are held on Mon and Wed mornings and Friday afternoons.
Endocrine Nurse Specialists
Arrange special testing in the Outpatient Unit here at Greenlane for both paediatric and adult patients throughout the Auckland region. In general these are tests of specific endocrine organs and maybe supplemented by targeted endocrine treatments.
New patient appointments take on average 2 - 6 weeks. If urgent, then consultation can be arranged sooner by interaction with your doctor. On occasions, less urgent problems may take up to 3 months.
Scheduling for bone density scans
These are performed at Auckland Hospital following direct referral from your GP or consultants from other hospitals. Sometimes you will be asked to have a bone density scan at the same time as your visit to the bone clinic on a Friday afternoon and if so, that will be performed at Greenlane Clinical Centre.
Waiting times for nurse, clinic, procedures or treatments is up to 2 weeks but can be arranged within 24 hours. Most of these clinics are situated at Greenlane Clinical Centre.
Contacting the Department
If possible please give your hospital number which enables your enquiry to be met accurately.
In general, we expect regular maintenance prescriptions to be provided by your GP. There are two good reasons for this.
First, your GP and pharmacist have the most reliable and up to date listing of your exact drug list.
Second, as part of Government policy, prescriptions from your GP may be cheaper from your GP than from a hospital consultant.
On occasions however, a new or changed medication is prescribed directly from the clinic or is recommended to your GP by letter after your visit.
Following your visit to the hospital with a first or follow-up visit, a letter is sent to your GP and your referring doctor, summarising the result of the visit. Letter content depends on the interpretation of test results and therefore may take 2 to 4 weeks to reach your GP.
Who can be referred?
Those persons who live in the Waitemata or Counties Manukau Districts must be referred to their local DHB.
Individuals with complex endocrine disorders in the judgement of their local endocrinologist, may be on-referred to the Greenlane Clinical Centre service.
- The average waiting time before an appointment at a clinic ranges from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on urgency
- You may be asked to undergo some tests or fill in a questionnaire before seeing the doctor in the clinic to help with the diagnosis
- You will see either a specialist or a registrar (a doctor training to become a specialist who works under the supervision of a specialist) or a supervised senior student doctor. There are also specialist nurses who may be involved with your appointment and ongoing treatment
- You may have ongoing follow-up in the clinic or have your treatment carried out by your GP with written advice from the specialist
Procedures / Treatments
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