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Date: 18 January 2021
Inpatients, outpatients and day patients
A general endocrinology clinic is run once a week to assess both old and new patients with a variety of endocrine problems.
In addition to the general endocrinology clinic, there are specialist clinics held in conjunction with other specialties. These include a neuro-endocrine clinic, clinics for patients with pituitary based problems, varied thyroid problems, calcium problems, osteoporosis and various other disorders.
The endocrine team also runs a reproductive clinic in conjunction with the Birmingham Women's Hospital. The team also works with the Birmingham Children's Hospital in the late effects clinic and the growth and adolescence clinic.
The outpatient clinics are run by various departmental senior nurses with the full support of qualified and ancillary staff. Physicians and surgeons work in the same clinic sessions so that patients can be seen by both, where appropriate. Endocrine specialist nurses, who perform endocrine based tests, provide health education and arrange for further testing to be completed, are also present at these clinics.
Endocrine inpatients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham are managed on dedicated medical wards which are covered at all times by junior medical staff and the Endocrinology Specialist Registrar, who is in constant liaison with the responsible Consultant Endocrinologist. There is also an on-call service at all times, comprising of a Specialist Endocrinology Registrar and Endocrinology Consultant.
The Endocrine Unit works in close liaison with other specialist departments within the hospital. There is close support from the Neurosciences, Liver, Renal, Ear, Nose and Throat, Oncology, and General Medicine teams.
Patients are admitted as day cases to have phlebotomy based dynamic function tests performed and treatments administered by the Endocrine Specialist Nurses.
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