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Rheumatology

Providing excellence of care in all musculoskeletal condition 

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Rheumatology

If you have a condition affecting your joints, bones and muscles, our rheumatology service can help diagnose and treat you, helping you regain the ability to live your life normally.

The rheumatology service includes doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists. Together we diagnose and treat patients with many different diseases. We may also see you if you have a complex autoimmune inflammatory disorder that may not necessarily cause joint pain or connective tissue diseases.

 

If you are a young adult (age 16-25) with a rheumatology condition we can see you in the dedicated young adult service and we hope to meet you with your paediatric team before you transfer to the adult clinic.

 

To make a diagnosis we will talk to you about your symptoms, examine you, and often arrange tests which may include blood tests, X rays, ultrasound, CT or MRI scans. Once we have reached a diagnosis we will support you in deciding which treatment(s) are likely to help manage your condition. These treatments might include medications, such as painkillers, anti-inflammatories, steroids or treatments to control your condition which are known as DMARDs or disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Sometimes we may give treatments by injection and the team will explain the reasons for this if needed. Non-drug therapies, support and education are provided by our multidisciplinary team depending on your needs.

 

We like to see you as early as possible because we know that early treatment can lead to better patient outcomes in the longer term.

 

Sometimes we need to involve other specialists or services to support you in managing your condition, for example the ‘living well with pain’ team, orthopaedics or other medical specialists.

 

We aim to enable you in living as normal a life as possible with your rheumatological condition and to support you in making decisions about your healthcare and treatments at every step.


Online consultation

Where appropriate you may be asked to attend a rheumatology consultation online via a video call.

Rather than travelling to your appointment, you go into the clinic’s online ‘waiting area’. We will be notified when you arrive and your clinician will join you when ready

You don’t need to set up an account and no information you enter is stored.

If you have been given an online appointment please click on the following link to start the consultation at your appointment time – online consultation


Our teams

The rheumatology team consists of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and podiatrists (open the drop-down box to see how to access each member of the team)

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