Inherited metabolic diseases information for patients

Genetic, inherited disorders of the metabolism

This page explains what you can expect when you visit the inherited metabolic diseases centre as an adult patient. For information about our children's service, please see the Evelina London Children's Hospital website.

How do I get an appointment?

Patients are referred by their GP or local consultant.

  • Changing or cancelling your appointment

    If you need to change or cancel your appointment for any reason, contact the IMD appointments administrator on 020 7188 7188 ext 55492.

    If you are unable to speak with the appointments administrator, please contact the team secretaries directly on 020 7188 4004 or call the appointment centre on 020 7188 4000. 

    Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer your appointment to another patient.

  • Before your appointment

    Please bring your medicines with you to the appointment.

  • During your appointment

    You will be seen by a doctor. However, other team members may also be present such as the clinical nurse specialist and/or a metabolic dietitian.

    On occasion, we may have students or visitors who may be present at your appointment in order to observe the team. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, please inform a member of the team immediately.

    The length of your appointment will be based on your individual needs.

  • After your appointment

    You will put on the waiting list for a follow-up appointment. Your appointment will be sent to you a few months in advance with a reminder letter being sent to you two weeks before you are due to be seen. 

    We will send a letter to the referring doctor and your GP within a week and will send you a copy of the letter unless you tell us you do not wish to receive it.