Rheumatology covers the diagnosis, care and treatment of a wide range of conditions, which affect the joints and surrounding tissues. This includes arthritis, connective tissue and autoimmune diseases, all long-term conditions that can severely impair mobility and movement if left untreated.
We work as a multi-disciplinary team led by 3 consultants with support from rheumatology specialist nurses, extended scope practitioner, pharmacist, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. To access the rheumatology service patients need to be referred either by their GP or a hospital consultant.
Our patients have the opportunity to participate in research and we are also involved in the teaching of medical students and GP trainees. We have an active patient support group and our patients are encouraged to get involved with contributing to discussions around service development.