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Annual Review Leaflet

 – The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly shaped gland in the neck, just in front of the windpipe (trachea). One of its main functions is to produce hormones which help to regulate the body’s metabolism (the process that turns food into energy). Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormones.

Due to your condition and any medication you are taking, it is important that you have a check-up each year. To help make it easy for you to remember when your check-up is due, the Practice aims see you during the month of your birthday.

There are 2 steps to your annual review:

  1. The first step is to have an appointment with a Healthcare Assistant for your blood test and blood pressure check.
  2. The second step is a telephone appointment with a Practice Nurse to discuss your test results and your hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I need to wait a week to see the Practice Nurse?
It can take a few days for blood tests to be processed by the hospital and the results to be sent to the GP Surgery.

I have more than one condition which needs a yearly check-up.
Can I have a single check-up for everything?

Yes. You may need to book a longer appointment with the Practice Nurse. Your nurse will indicate below what length appointment is needed for your combination of conditions.


You will NOT be contacted to remind you that your check-up is due. Near your birthday, please call Portcullis GP Surgery on:
01584 872 939 after 10:00am and make 2 appointments:

  • First appointment – with a Healthcare Assistant for a blood test and blood pressure check.
  • Second appointment – with a Practice Nurse at least 1 week later to discuss the results of your tests and your conditions.

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