Who is the Endocrine Adolescent/ Transition clinic for?
Our adolescent/transition clinic is for those who are heading towards, or have already reached their 16th birthday and will need follow up for their Endocrine condition as an adult. The clinic encourages you to gradually take control of the management of your condition and prepare you for being looked after by the Adult Endocrine team.
Where is the clinic held?
At the Weston Centre in the Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre.
Who can I bring with me?
Once you are over 16 years old, you can choose whether your parents/ carers accompany you or whether you’d rather come on your own.
Who will I meet?
You will meet doctors and nurses from both the paediatric and adult endocrine teams.
What will happen in clinic?
On arrival, you will need to book in at reception. You will then see the paediatric endocrine nurses who will measure you and ask about any medication you might be taking.
After this you will see one of the doctors who will discuss your condition with you, as well as changes to your medication and any tests which may be needed.
If you have brought your parents with you, you can choose if you would like them to be present for the whole time you see the doctor, part of it, or none of it.
Everything that is said at your visit is confidential. It may be helpful to write, at home, a list of questions that you wish to ask so you don’t forget when you see the doctor.
Will I need blood tests or other investigations?
You may need blood tests at the appointment. These can be done on the same day in the blood test department. Other investigations may need arranging for another day and you’ll be contacted about an appointment.
What happens next?
The doctor you see will talk with you about how often you need to attend the clinic and when it is right to transfer your care to the adult service completely.
Where is the adult clinic held?
The adult clinic is held just next door in the Wolfson Diabetes and Endocrine clinic.
The adult endocrine nurses are based here alongside the Endocrine Investigation Unit. This is where you will come for investigations, if needed, once you have transferred to the adult service.
You are welcome to visit the unit during your next clinic appointment – please feel free to ask.
What if I can’t make my appointment?
Adolescent/ Transition clinics are held four times a year on a Monday afternoon. If you are not able to attend the appointment sent to you please call the Weston Centre reception on 01223 348576 to rearrange the time.
If you have any questions you can call the paediatric endocrine nurses on 01223 217496. Once your care has been transferred to the adult services, you can contact the adult endocrine nurses on 01223 217848.
There are support groups and web pages for most endocrine conditions. Some are listed below.
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
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