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Waitemata DHB Endocrinology Service

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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
  • osteoporosis & Paget’s disease
  • calcium metabolism disorders
  • thyroid diseases
  • sex hormone imbalances
  • disorders of growth and development
  • disorders of the pituitary gland and adrenal glands.

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 6 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).   
  • You may have ongoing follow-up in the clinic or have your treatment carried out by your GP with advice from the specialist.
  • The WDHB Endocrinology Service does not undertake treatment of infertility.

Common Conditions

  • Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)

    Patients referred for diabetes will be seen at the Diabetes Clinics - please refer to the Diabetes Service for more information.… 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 thyroxine.  Thyroxine 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

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that can cause you to have a variety of symptoms including: no periods or irregular periods, increased hair growth on the face and body, acne (pimples) and increased bodyweight.… More

Contact Details

North Shore Hospital

North Auckland

Freephone 0800 80 93 42 - Waitemata DHB residential areas only
Patient enquiries:
(09) 486 8930

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 486 8900

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Shakespeare Road
Takapuna
Auckland 0620

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Shakespeare Road
Takapuna
Auckland 0620

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North Shore Hospital
Private Bag 93 503
Takapuna
North Shore City 0740

This page was last updated at 2:07PM on January 20, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitemata DHB Endocrinology Service.