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Endocrinology

February 2021 - COVID-19 update

The Government advice for people taking hydrocortisone, prednisolone or other steroid replacement is to 'be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures' to reduce transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This involves reducing the social interaction you have with people.

What social distancing means

There are several websites which provide up-to-date and clear information:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS website

Guidance on social distancing - www.gov.uk

Coronavirus advice statement for patients with adrenal/pituitary insufficiency

COVID-19 vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccine information for endocrine patients

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS website

Appointments

All routine Endocrinology appointments are currently video or telephone calls.

Please only come to the department if you are asked to do so by a clinician.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the team about your appointment, please contact us.

Tel: 01865 857300

If you are awaiting a Day Case appointment we will contact you with further information.

For urgent endocrinology advice out of hours, please contact the on-call Endocrinology team via OUH Switchboard:

Tel: 0300 304 7777

About us

Endocrinology is the field of medicine concerned with disorders of the glands and hormonal systems.

Endocrine glands produce and secrete hormones into the blood or lymph systems.

These glands include:

  • thyroid
  • parathyroid
  • hypothalamus
  • pituitary
  • adrenal
  • islets of Langerhans in the pancreas
  • gonads (testes and ovaries).

These hormones may affect one organ or tissue or the entire body. There are many disorders that can result when too few hormones are secreted (hyposecretion) or too many are secreted (hypersecretion).

Disorders that may result when a particular gland does not produce the right amount of hormones include the following.

  • Thyroid: hypothyroidism, myxoedema, goitre, thyrotoxicosis
  • Parathyroid: high calcium, tetany, renal calculi, excessive loss of minerals from bone, hypercalcaemia
  • Adrenal: Addison's disease, phaeochromocytoma
  • Pituitary: non-functioning tumour, diabetes insipidus, acromegaly, gigantism, Cushing's syndrome, dwarfism
  • Testes and ovaries: lack of sex development, hypogonadism
  • Pancreas: diabetes, hypoglycaemia

These conditions may be treated by medicine or surgery. The Oxford University Hospitals has internationally recognised experts in the treatment of these disorders.

Endocrinology services at the Trust are provided from the Department of Endocrinology at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM), which is based at the Churchill Hospital.

OCDEM is a unique clinical, academic and research partnership between the NHS, the University of Oxford and private enterprise.

Endocrinology consultants

  • Bahram Jafar Mohammadi
  • Aparna Pal
  • Angela Rogers
  • Brian Shine
  • Raj Thakker
  • Jeremy Tomlinson
  • Helen Turner

Find us and contact us

OCDEM is based at the Churchill Hospital.

Tel: 01865 857371 (Reception)