Castle Meadows Surgery
Care plan for patients with Hypothyroidism on Thyroxine
Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland starts to fail to produce sufficient Thyroxine. Thyroxine is a hormone that provides energy to the metabolism. If you do have this condition it usually means you will be taking Thyroxine for the rest of your life. There is no way that a person can know whether they are on the right dose of thyroxine without a blood test. These blood tests should be done 6 monthly on a routine basis or one month after each change of dose of thyroxine.
Castle Meadows Surgery is now providing a texting service for patients who have these blood tests which will let the patient know after the blood test what the result was and whether they need to continue their current dose of thyroxine or increase it or decrease it.
To get a blood test form you can ring the surgery and speak to the Patient Services Manager and as long as you can tell her what dose of thyroxine you are on she will generate a blood test form and leave it at reception.
This does not take away your right if you wish to speak to a doctor on the phone or come into the surgery and have a consultation.