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Dr Andrew Bates is a Consultant Endocrinologist & Diabetologist with over 20 years of experience. He is based at the University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust, and is clinical lead for endocrinology at the Heart of England foundation trust in Birmingham. He has a clinical interest in all of the main areas of main areas of Endocrinology and Diabetes.
Dr Bates qualified from Leeds University Medical School in 1987, with an additional degree in Chemical Pathology and a Distinction in Microbiology. His postgraduate experience and training was obtained in West Yorkshire and the Midlands. He obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1990 on his first attempt. Following this, he was awarded a Sheldon Research Fellowship, to fund three years of research, under the supervision of Professor RN Clayton. This research into the molecular genetics and epidemiology of pituitary tumours, culminated in the award of his MD thesis in 1997. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2003 and is a member of the Society for Endocrinology, European Society of Endocrinology, Endocrine Society (USA) and Diabetes (UK).
Alongside his clinical work, Dr Bates continues to publish in peer reviewed journals and attends national and international conferences regularly in order to maintain up to date and high standards of clinical care.
Patient feedback is central in ensuring high quality care. Following his last 360 deg appraisal, 25/26 patients were 'very satisfied' with their consultation. Comments such as ‘The doctor was excellent and always has been’ ' A very competent doctor’ ‘Prepared to listen and give his time’ ‘Friendly and made me feel at ease, provide strong evidence of high quality care.
Feedback from colleagues is also very relevant. In the same 360 deg appraisal,15/15 colleagues rated him as good/outstanding for clinical assessment and 16/16 good/outstanding for patient management. Both scores were above the national/specialty average. Across the whole spectrum of clinical care, 80/80 responses were good/outstanding.
Outside of work he enjoys playing sport, cycling, gardening, listening to music and reading.
- Adrenocorticotropic stimulation test
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Dexamethasone suppression test
- Fine needle thyroid biopsy
- Pituitary function test
- Synacthen test
- Thyroid disease
- Overactive thyroid disorders
- Hyper and hypothyroidism
- Pituitary disease
- Bone disease
- Vitamin D Deficiency
- Calcium disorders;
- Parathyroid disease;
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Prolactin disorders
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Addison's disease
- Disorders of testosterone secretion
Very caring and professional and clearly explained next stages
Dr Bates was knowledgeable and explained his diagnosis clearly and concisely.
Very good - very personable will wait to see if further scans etc come through quickly.
Friendly doctor explaining the situation clearly, whilst taking into consideration my concerns.
My rating shows my experience was a positive one
As mentioned before Mr Bates has a very approachable manner and explains things in a way which is easy to understand
My experience was excellent. Kind and caring no waiting.
The whole of the last 18 months consultations & diagnosing process has been exceptional.
First class professional service The consultant made me less anxious about my health issue and we’ll informed about making decisions and choices about future treatment-
Dr Bates is very polite & friendly. Everything explained thoroughly and advised me appropriately To what I needed to do next. Didn’t feel rushed and could ask as many questions I wanted too. Thank you.
Fully recommend. I was able to have an open and frank conversation with Dr Bates who took the time to review and explain my test results and then explored all options available to me discussing the short and longterm impact of each decision. Dr Bates also discussed the pros and cons of the testing performed by my GP explaining the numerous reasons that can contribute to a result and so it may not always be the obvious intepretation. Overall very happy with my consultation.
Thoroughly professional in all regards. Very caring manner - really gave impression that he was listening attentively and was responding directly to my concerns. Demonstrated in-depth knowledge and understanding of the issue and communicated this clearly and effectively to me with clear advice for me to consider. Was very patient and helpful. Would recommend without hesitation.
Clearly took me through the possible diagnoses, the likelihood of each and the tests needed to complete any diagnostic process. All done in a friendly and approachable manner.
Dr Bates was really friendly and considerate. He explained everything in detail and he was very thorough, I got a lot from the consultation and wouldn't hesitate to see him again if needed.
Great experience and Dr was very attentive to my problems, I did not feel like I was rushed at all and I am confident my problems will be sorted in an efficient manner.
Dr. Bates is very skilled and gives evidence based advice which is always of the highest order. He explains complex matters in a way I can understand and always listens to any concerns I have.
As always Dr Bates was approachable and engaging. Explained my condition and it's consequences clearly, and discussed his recommendations for treatment in some depth thus making me feel confident in his care.
Dr Bates is very polite and professional. At my consultation he explained things thoroughly and advised me appropriately and put my mind at ease.
I have been type2 diabetic for18 years doctor Bates has been my consultant all that time. I cannot speak too highly of him at every level. Because of his expertise I have never had any problems whatsoever.
I asked Dr Bates questions and he responded thoroughly by detailing the tests that may be of benefit. I felt my concerns were addressed and dealt with in a friendly manner.
Excellent support and advice provided. I feel confident about the planned procedures and had plenty of time to ask questions.
My consultation with Andrew was very smooth and I was very pleased with it. There was a clear structure to the meeting and it flowed very easily. Andrew asked all the relevant questions to gather the required information to try and diagnose my condition. He was also very clear with answers to any of my questions or concerns and made sure I understood everything discussed in the consultation. At the end of the meeting we discussed the next steps and potential outcomes, so I was clear of the road ahead. I would highly recommend Andrew and hopefully we can diagnose and treat my condition quickly in the near future.
I have been seeing Dr Bates twice a year for the best part of twenty years, I have always found him punctual, polite, helpful and very knowledgeable certainly with my medication. On my own admittance I am not an easy patient I am on a fairly large cocktail of tablets which he has to juggle to keep me fit and healthy he manages to do this on a regular basis He is always available if I wish to speak to him outside of normal appointments which I find very reassuring if I ever encounter any problems
Dr Bates was very friendly. He was thorough and very reassuring.