Endocrinology is the branch of medicine that deals with the endocrine system – this is a body system consisting of a number of glands that secrete various types of hormones.
What is endocrinology?
These hormones act as special signals throughout the body to control many aspects of physiological function, such as blood sugar levels, growth, development, digestion, temperature and sexual function. Glands that form the endocrine system include the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain, thyroid gland and parathyroid gland in the neck, pancreas, adrenals, ovaries and testes.
These glands operate through complex pathways that regulate themselves. Endocrine disease can occur when there is a disruption in any of these pathways. An endocrinologist is a doctor who specialises in treating disorders of these systems. Sometimes treatment can involve surgery that is performed by endocrine surgeons.
There are many different endocrine diseases – some are very common, whilst others are extremely rare. The more common endocrine disorders amongst the UK population include the following:
What we offer
Here at the Royal Free Hospital Private Patients Unit, we aim to deliver the high standard of care that you would associate with an acute NHS hospital. We are unique in that we reinvest all of our profits into our NHS services for the benefit of all patients. We are proud to offer access to leading specialists and treatment with convenience, comfort and personalised attention.
Our main endocrinology services are provided in outpatient clinics and supported by a wide multidisciplinary team of clinical specialists, including expert physicians, surgeons, specialist nurses and dieticians. Our leading endocrine investigation unit facilitates any necessary endocrinology tests. We support the latest in endocrinology research at our laboratories so that we provide cutting-edge treatments for our patients.
In addition to our general endocrinology clinic, we offer specialist advice and treatment for a variety of other conditions, including:
- Thyroid and parathyroid assessment and surgery
- Gynaecology-related conditions, including PCOS
- Adrenal surgery (both open and laparoscopic [‘key-hole’])
- Neuro-endocrine tumours
- Antenatal endocrinology
Meet our consultants
We work with some of the leading experts in endocrinology and endocrine surgery, who are all supported with the expertise of a multidisciplinary team. Our specialist team of doctors and surgeons includes: