This page explains what you and your child can expect at your endocrinology appointment. For information about getting or making a referral to our team, please see our endocrinology referrals page.
How do I get an appointment?
Children are normally referred to the endocrinology service by their GP. Some children come to us from other services at Evelina London Children’s Hospital or from other hospitals.
Changing or cancelling your appointment
If you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment for any reason, please contact the appointment centre on 020 7188 4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer the appointment to another patient.
Before your appointment
Please bring along your child’s red book (personal child health record) to your appointment and any hospital letters or previous reports about your child’s growth.
It is also helpful to bring with you a list of any medicines your child is using.
During your appointment
At your first clinic appointment clinic, you and your child will normally see a consultant. If you are seen by a junior doctor first, a consultant will always review and discuss your child’s condition and care. Find out more about our endocrinology staff team.
First appointments usually last between 20 and 40 minutes.
At the clinic, we will carry out a number of assessments and tests to help us build a picture of your child’s growth and development. We will usually measure your child’s height and we may measure the parent’s height too.
We may need to take blood and urine samples or carry out x-rays. All of these tests are usually carried out on the same day as your clinic appointment. If we take a blood sample, we will offer your child a ‘numbing’ cream or spray to help with any pain.
As we are a teaching hospital, students and visitors may be observing the team. We will always ask your permission for them to observe your appointment.
After your appointment
After your child’s appointment, we will send a letter to your GP or the doctor who referred you to us. We will also send a copy of this letter to you and any other doctors and health professionals involved in your child’s care.
The letter will contain contact details in case you have any questions.
If your child needs a follow-up appointment, we will arrange this before you leave the clinic.