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Counties Manukau Health Endocrinology

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Description

What is Endocrinology ?
Endocrinology is the science of hormones. Hormones are chemicals produced by one part of the body and act upon another part. 
 
Your endocrinologist is a specialist doctor interested in diseases that affect your hormones. The major areas endocrinologists work in are:
  • Diabetes (for further information regarding diabetes click here)
  • Osteoporosis & Paget’s Disease
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Sex hormone imbalances
  • Disorders of growth and development
  • Disorders of the pituitary gland


Locations of Endocrinology services for patients

Outpatients are seen at:

  • Middlemore Hospital
  • Manukau SuperClinic - Module 7
  • Botany SuperClinic

Inpatients are seen at:

  • Middlemore Hospital

Consultants

Referral Expectations

  • You will be referred by your General Practitioner (GP) to an endocrinologist if you have a problem with any part of your endocrine system (the system that makes hormones). Your referral will be prioritised (given a position on a list of other referrals) depending on the disease and its severity.
     
  • The average waiting time before an appointment at a clinic ranges from 2 weeks to 4 months, depending on priority.
     
  • 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).  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 advice from the specialist.

Common Conditions / Treatments

  • Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)

    Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body deals with sugar.  The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by insulin which is a hormone produced by the pancreas (an organ that lies near your stomach).… More

  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. Osteoporosis is not painful but it makes your bones more prone to breaking (fracture).  Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis and as you get older you are more likely to have it.… More

  • Pituitary Gland

    The pituitary gland is in your brain.  It controls most of the endocrine (hormone) system in your body.  When disorders occur in this gland a variety of problems can appear.  If your doctor thinks you have problems in this area (usually discovered with a series of blood tests) they will… More

  • Thyroid Disorders

    The thyroid is a gland that sits in the front, and towards the bottom of, your neck.  It is responsible for producing a hormone called thyroxin.  Thyroxin has an important role in the body as it affects many organs including the heart, muscles and bones.  Diseases that affect the thyroid… More

Charges

There are no charges for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the Eligibility Directions specified criteria set by the Ministry of Health.  If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full costs of any medical treatment you receive during your stay.

To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website

For any applicable charges, please phone the Accounts Receivable Office on (09) 276 0060.

Other

For information about parking, refreshments, travel directions, transport, accommodation, support services and maps, click the link below for the required location information:

Contact Details

Middlemore Hospital

South Auckland

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Manukau SuperClinic™

South Auckland

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Botany SuperClinic™

East Auckland

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This page was last updated at 12:54PM on August 6, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Endocrinology.