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Paediatric Endocrinology

The Oxford University Hospitals provides a general service in Paediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism for Oxfordshire and a specialist service for Paediatric Endocrinology for:

  • Oxfordshire
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Gloucestershire
  • Berkshire.

The services we offer include:

  • diagnosis and management of children with a wide variety of disorders of growth and puberty, including:
    • precocious puberty
    • delayed puberty
    • growth hormone deficiency
    • constitutional delay in growth and puberty
    • familial short stature
    • hypogonadism (lack of function of ovaries or testes)
    • polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • diagnosis and management of children with hypopituitarism (the inability of the pituitary gland to provide sufficient hormones)
  • diagnosis and management of children with adrenal disorders, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) and Addison's disease (a rare disorder where the adrenal glands produce insufficient steroid hormones)
  • diagnosis and management of children with thyroid and parathyroid disorders
  • joint specialty clinics with colleagues:
    • paediatric oncology for monitoring and management of children with late endocrine effects of oncology treatment
    • paediatric urology for diagnosis and management of children with gonadal disorders
    • adult endocrinology for children with disorders of calcium and bone metabolism
  • transition clinics, four times a year, for transfer of adolescents with ongoing endocrine disorders to adult care
  • endocrine support to neurosurgery, ITU and SCBU
  • metabolic clinics six times a year: these are mainly for secondary care metabolic disorders such as phenylketonuria (PKU), galactosaemia (a rare, inherited, metabolic disease which is caused by the deficiency of an enzyme) and some beta-oxidation disorders.

Outreach clinics are provided at:

  • Stoke Mandeville
  • High Wycombe
  • Milton Keynes
  • Reading
  • Swindon.


  • Dr Fiona Ryan, Paediatric Endocrine Lead
    Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
    John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Dr Taffy Makaya
    Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Dr Ravi Lehal
    Consultant Paediatrician,
    John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Dr Fran Ackland
    Visiting Consultant Paediatrician
    Northampton General Hospital
  • Dr Atanu Dutta
    Visiting Consultant Paediatrician
    Buckinghamshire Hospital NHS Trust
  • Dr Michelle Russell-Taylor
    Visiting Consultant Paediatrician
    Wycombe General Hospital

Find us and contact us

Paediatric Endocrinology Services are based at the Children's Hospital, on the John Radcliffe Hospital site.

Initial contact with this service should be made via your GP.