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NHS Endocrinologist wait times in London?

Hey all!

I've just been referred to an endo after having a blood test come back that showed abnormalities with how testosterone gets around my body paired with periods of low blood sugar and symptoms that really confused my GP!

I was wondering how long you waited to see an endo on the NHS? I've been quoted anywhere between 18 weeks, which is upsetting as I am feeling increasingly ill. I'm suffering from a long list of symptoms (fatigue, dizziness, nausea & vomiting, constant runny nose, confusion, slurred words, numbness in hands & legs/fingers blue from lack of circulation, aches, head aches & constant thirst to name a few)

How long did you all wait and do you have any advice before I see a specialist? My symptoms are very vague but increasingly worse, a lot of my blood tests have come back normal, so my GP doesn't know what to think.

Thanks everyone :)

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If you can get a print-out of your blood tests from the surgery and post on a new question, members will comment on them.

I think the average weight for an appointment in London is usually about six weeks.


Count yourself luck here in west wales I waited 6 months for the letter to make an appointment with an endo, even longer for the actual appointment!


I waited about 3 Or 4 months. Pls dont pin your hopes on an nhs endo, u might be disappointed. Some of your symptoms correlate with pernicious anaemia. Nhs is useless at diagnosing it


4-7weeks max - I've always managed to get one within that time period. In fact when your GP refers you, you should receive in the post, his referral letter with a personal code. You then ring the number on the sheet with the code and both the hospital and the consultant you would like to see. It's a brilliant system, but you've got to be available to go within a six week period. This is the system we use in the NW UK and I cannot fault it


PS - I travel to London to see my endo, although I live in the NW and the same applies.


Hi I'm in the Bristol area, received my letter so booked my appointment yesterday and the first one available is in December!


Hi all, wow a lot of differences in wait times! Hope you all get to see your endocrinologists soon.

What are you doing/what do you do to prepare for your appointment? I've never been before and I want to go prepared!


I waited from end of January to mid march, about 9 weeks. I wanted to go to imperial college. It wasn't worth the wait and wouldn't bother again (I live in NE UK). It was for adrenals though.


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