Addenbrooke's NHS Trust is one of the centres funded by the UK Department of Health to provide an enhanced management and advisory service for patients with Gaucher's disease and their families. In most cases, your local doctor will retain responsibility and develop a shared care arrangement with one of the designated specialist centres.
The service at Addenbrooke's includes:
•Full clinical assessment of patients with Gaucher's disease;
•Clinical advice on general medical and specialist needs, eg during pregnancy and surgical procedures;
•Reviews of patients (following their initial assessment), to ensure optimum management of the disease;
•The emergency admission of patients with Gaucher's disease for the stabilisation of their condition;
•The Gaucher's National Service Helpline Tel: 01223 274634
The Gaucher's Outpatients Clinic at Addenbrooke's
We have an Outpatients Clinic for patients with Gaucher's disease. This is held on Tuesday afternoons in the Lysosomal Disorders Clinic located on level 2 near the R ward. Getting to Addenbrooke's; Other maps.
Before your appointment:
You might need to have some investigations (tests) done the morning before the Tuesday afternoon clinic or on the previous day (Monday). If needed, overnight accommodation can be arranged on the Hospital site at Pemberton House.
Finding your way around the Hospital
To get to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanning Department (in F&G block on Level 2) and the wards, follow the signs to the main concourse and then the signs from there. In the main concourse, there are many shops, services and catering outlets, which all patients and visitors can use.
What happens at Gaucher's Outpatients?
When you arrive at the Lysosomal Disorders Unit, please report to the receptionist, who will confirm your details. You will then meet one of the specialist nurse's, who will record your weight and blood pressure. Your appointment will be with one of our two consultants (Professor Cox, Dr Deegan). After your appointment, some blood samples will usually be taken, and you can discuss any problems (or arrangements for your next appointment) with the nurse.