Endocrine Surgery (Glands)

The Trust provides a specialist service for endocrine surgery. This covers surgery and treatment for diseases that cause over activity of glands and growths of glands. Surgery is undertaken on the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands and adrenal glands. Adrenal surgery is usually undertaken using keyhole surgery in the Trust’s advanced laparoscopic theatres. Surgery for other endocrine glands (the pituitary gland and pancreas gland) is not undertaken by this Trust.

Diseases of the testes and ovaries are managed by our Urology and Gynaecology Departments respectively.

Surgery for thyroid disease is run as a multidisciplinary service and general surgery provides an integrated service for this with our endocrine medicine colleagues and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) surgery colleagues.

Specialist endocrine surgical clinics and operating sessions are provided. All endocrine cases that are being considered for surgery are discussed at an endocrine MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) meeting.  Our specialist pathologist and radiologist attend this meeting together with the endocrine surgeon, ENT surgeon and endocrinologists.

The team works closely with the regional endocrine team and are part of the Northern Cancer Thyroid Network based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.


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Key Contacts

Clinical Director
Mr Steve Holtham – 0191 565 6256 ext 42162

Directorate Manager
Mrs Dawn Youssef – 0191 565 6256 ext 41961

Denise Simpson – 0191 565 6256