Rapid Access Thyroid Clinic – patient information

Your doctor has referred you to the Rapid Access Thyroid Clinic.

We aim to see patients within 1 week of referral. You will be contacted by phone to arrange an appointment at the clinic. 

If you have not heard from us after this time please contact the clinic or your GP.

What will happen at this appointment?

Your General Practitioner (GP) has arranged this appointment to find out the cause of the problems you are having with your thyroid, parathyroid or adrenal gland.

Please bring a list of the current medications you are using.

You may like to bring a friend or relative with you for company.

Please be aware that there will be several people present during your discussion with the doctor. They all have an important part to play in your treatment and care. 

In the clinic the doctors will:

  • take a full medical history
  • perform a medical examination of your neck.

Tests you may have during your first appointment

Flexible nasal endoscopic examination

This allows your doctor to look at your voice box. The camera is a small flexible tube passed through your nose to look further into your throat. This is a very simple, quick procedure. A local anaesthetic spray can also be used to make your nose and throat numb. 

Ultrasound

This is a painless examination of your head and neck using sound waves performed by a sonographer or radiologist. A probe is held to the skin and images of the underlying structures are generated using sound waves.

Fine needle aspiration (FNA)

A fine needle is passed into the thyroid under ultrasound guidance and a specimen is withdrawn. The specimen is sent immediately to the laboratory to be analysed. Please inform the radiology doctors if you take any blood thinning medications.

When will I know the results?

For most patients the results will be available within two days. 

Clinic contact details

Phone 6152 4052

Location

Outpatient Clinic, level 1 of the main hospital building.

View our hospital map to find your way.