SERVICES PROVIDED BY OUR SPECIALIST ENDOCRINE NURSES

The physicians in the department have particular interests in diseases related to:

  • deficiency or excess secretion of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal cortex and medulla
  • the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus 
  • the ovary and testis 
  • the endocrine pancreas
  • the diffuse system of the gastrointestinal tract and metabolic syndrome,
  • osteoporosis
  • endocrine malignancy

Our highly trained specialist endocrine nurses provide a full range of basal and dynamic endocrine tests and procedures that are essential for assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with endocrine disease.

Endocrine tests and services

  • All basal hormone assessments
  • Peripheral visual field plotting
  • Genetic tests for endocrine conditions - support, follow up and patient education in all aspects of endocrinology including growth hormone and hydrocortisone replacement therapies

Dynamic Endocrine Function Tests

  • Insulin Tolerance Test
  • Glucagon Test
  • Growth Hormone Day Curve
  • Hydrocortisone Day Curve
  • Prolonged Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Corticotrophin Releasing Hormone Test
  • Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test
  • Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone Test
  • Saline Infusion Test
  • Cushing’s Day Curve
  • Metyrapone Day Curve
  • Synacthen Test
  • Long Synacthen Test
  • Pentagastrin Stimulation Test
  • Thyrotrophin releasing hormone Test
  • 8-hour Water Deprivation Test
  • Prolonged Water Deprivation Test
  • All dynamic endocrine function tests (see below)
  • Selective venous sampling procedures (see below)
  • Nurse prescriber to support endocrine consultants
  • Daycase infusions to support the care of endocrine patients.
     

Venous Sampling Procedures

  • Adrenal Venous Sampling
  • Parathyroid Venous Sampling
  • Calcium Stimulated Venous Sampling
  • Petrosal Venous Sampling
  • Total Body Venous Sampling (in conjunction with the endocrine radiologist).