Diabetes & Endocrine
Diabeticare
Lower ground floor
Hillingdon Hospital
Telephone: 01895 279229

Diabeticare
Telephone 01895 279229 before you come.
Mon to Thurs, 9am- 4pm
Friday, 9am-12pm

Diabetes and Endocrine Unit

Our Diabetes and Endocrine Unit specialises in treating patients with diabetes or endocrine conditions.

Diabetes

There are two main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes: in this type, the body can't produce any insulin. This type of diabetes usually occurs before the age of 40, and accounts for only around 10 per cent of all cases. It's the most common form of childhood diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes: this is where the body doesn't make enough insulin, or where the body┬ábecomes resistant to insulin so that it doesn't work properly. It's the most common form of diabetes, accounting for around 90 per cent of cases. It's frequently linked with being overweight.

Endocrine and metabolic issues

Endocrine problems include thyroid, adrenal, ovarian and pituitary disease. We also care for people with metabolic problems (disorders of body chemistry) such as high calcium or high cholesterol. Another name for cholesterol is lipid. Many patients have a mixture of endocrine and metabolic problems.

Our clinics

  • Diabetes clinics
  • We run clinics to assess new or newly referred diabetic patients, type 1 and complex type 2 diabetes mellitus, teenagers (16-19 years old) and young people (19-25 years old) with diabetes, diabetic women planning pregnancy, antenatal diabetes, diabetic kidney disease, diabetic foot problems including a Multi-disciplinary Foot Clinic, diabetic dietetic clinics including weight management. The Unit is an accredited Type 1 diabetes education (DAFNE) provider and runs an established insulin pump (continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion, CSII) service.
  • Endocrine clinics
  • These clinics are designed for patients with a wide range of hormone and metabolic problems. The Unit offers a nurse-led endocrine testing service for specialised hormone blood investigations.
  • The lipid clinic
  • This is designed for people with high cholesterol and other similar problems. The Unit runs a Nurse-led genetics testing service for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in conjunction with Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust.

Links with other specialities include paediatrics, obstetrics, renal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, vascular surgery, psychology and dietetics. Patients can usually see a female or male doctor if they wish. The Unit is committed to the ongoing training of future consultants and patients may be seen by a Specialist Doctor in training under the supervision of a Consultant.

Diabeticare

Diabeticare is the Diabetes and Endocrine Outpatient Department, for patients with diabetes and other hormone problems. Consultant appointments are arranged via referral from your GP either directly or via the eReferrals service.

Diabetes Specialist Nurses are available without appointment via our walk-in service. This service is available to respond to concerns regarding your diabetes management and equipment but it may be necessary to refer you for a further appointment depending on the nature of your enquiry. Patients with urgent problems can sometimes be seen on the same day and most people can be seen within two weeks of referral.