Endocrinologists care for people with hormone imbalances, which can affect a wide range of bodily functions. This includes people with diabetes who have too much glucose (sugar) in their blood, either because they do not produce enough insulin, or the insulin cannot work effectively.
The endocrine system (a complex network of glands and organs) includes many glands and other tissues that make hormones.
Hormones signal through the blood stream to regulate our growth and development, sexual function and fertility, appetite and weight, metabolism, energy levels and responses to stress. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, ovaries, testes, pituitary and hypothalamus.
Hormone imbalances can result in disorders affecting our health in many different ways.
How we help
Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat endocrine conditions.
Diabetologists specialise in the care of people with diabetes, confirming the type of diabetes, and working with patients to develop the best treatment plan to avoid high or low glucose levels causing symptoms or complications. We work in a team which includes specialist nurses, dietitians, and psychologists to provide education, and support self-management for people with diabetes and endocrine conditions.
As well as our general diabetes and endocrinology clinics, we have a range of sub-specialty and multi-disciplinary clinics including:
- medical obstetric (for women with diabetes and endocrine conditions in pregnancy)
- diabetic foot
- transitional diabetes (for teenagers and young adults)
- monogenic diabetes
- diabetes pump and technology clinic
- transitional endocrine (for teenagers and young adults)
- late effects (for survivors of childhood cancer treatment)
- renal diabetes
- thyroid cancer
- HIV diabetes and endocrinology
Getting ready for your appointment
Please bring a list of all your current tablets and medicines with you.
If you have diabetes and are monitoring your blood glucose levels at home, please remember to bring your records and / or glucose monitors with you.
If you’ve been given a form for a blood test, please try to get this done one to two weeks before your appointment.
If you’re not able to attend your appointment, please cancel and re-schedule it.
What happens at your appointment
If your appointment is in person, you should check in at the reception desk then take a seat in the waiting area. One of the clinic nurses may check your height, weight and blood pressure.
The appointment will include a consultation and may include a physical examination. You may be asked to get a blood test and/or urine test checked before you leave.
If your appointment is a telephone consultation, please make sure that you’re available 30 minutes either side of the appointment time, as the clinic may be running late or early.
After the appointment, you’ll be sent a copy of the clinic letter.
Where we are
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Appointments 0300 3038360
Diabetes Nurse Specialists 01273 696955 Ext. 64205
Princess Royal Hospital
Endocrine Nurse Specialist 01444 441881 Ext. 65660
Endocrinology Secretaries 01444 441881 Ext. 68400 (Dr Wheatley); ext: 68064 (Dr Parthasarathy and Dr Govindan)
St Richard’s Hospital
Diabetes Specialist Nurses 01243 831614
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Diabetes Specialist Midwife 07880645514
Diabetes and Endocrine Secretaries 01243 831614 Ext. 32560
Diabetes Specialist Nurses 01903 285044
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Diabetes and Endocrine Secretaries 01903 205111 Ext. 85543
Meet the team
- Diabetes – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
- Useful resources for diabetes patients from the team at St Richard’s and Worthing hospitals