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Northland DHB Endocrinology

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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
  • osteoporosis & Paget’s Disease
  • thyroid diseases
  • sex hormone imbalances
  • disorders of growth and development
  • disorders of the pituitary gland.

Consultants

Referral Expectations

  • You will be referred by your General Practitioner (GP) to an specialist 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 how urgent your problem is deemed by the specialist.
 
  • 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).  

 

  • You may have ongoing follow-up in the clinic or have your treatment carried out by your GP with advice from the specialist.

Procedures / 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

  • 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

  • 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

Contact Details

Whangarei Hospital

Northland

Fax (09) 430 4115 during working hours; (09) 430 4132 after hours

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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Whangarei

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Private Bag 9742
Whangarei 0148

This page was last updated at 3:13PM on November 7, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Endocrinology.