Nurse Appeal: Why is this helpline so important?
As part of our Second Endocrine Nurse Appeal, Dr Sue Jackson, Psychologist, explores the importance and value of this helpline for pituitary patients.
The symptoms associated with pituitary conditions vary depending on which hormones are affected.
Diagnosis may be slow, so patients can become depressed and/or stressed, worried and lonely by the time they are diagnosed.
Treatment may be a combination of surgery, radiotherapy and medication involving a great many healthcare professionals. The whole thing can feel bewildering and confusing.
Given the complexity of both the diagnosis and management of pituitary conditions it is perhaps no surprise that specialist services tend to be rated very highly by patients.
However, patients can feel that some of their concerns are not important enough to discuss with a consultant endocrinologist.
Specialist endocrine nurses tend to be rated highly by patients; their approachability and expertise makes them an invaluable source of support and information for patients.
However, like all health professionals, endocrine nurses in specialist pituitary services in the NHS can have very limited time available to talk to patients.
The Pituitary Foundation Endocrine Nurse Helpline is a confidential service, available to pituitary patients to use for free and from their own homes.
In the context of the pressures on the NHS, and given how difficult it can be to be to live with a pituitary condition, this is a vital service, giving patients access to advice and information they might otherwise struggle to find.
The reassurance of good quality help and assistance can help to reduce the stresses and worries associated with having a pituitary condition.