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Southern DHB Endocrinology - Southland

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Southland Hospital's diabetes service is provided by a team consisting of a wide range of health professionals including local and external doctors, diabetes educators and dietitians.  External doctors visit Southland Hospital once a month to provide outpatient services.

For more information on diabetes visit Diabetes NZ - www.diabetes.org.nz
 
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 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.

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

Kew Road
Kingswell
Invercargill
Southland 9812

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Street Address

Kew Road
Kingswell
Invercargill
Southland 9812

Postal Address

Southland Hospital
PO Box 828
Invercargill 9840

This page was last updated at 12:50PM on June 18, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Endocrinology - Southland.