We hope that our patients receive optimal conservative treatment for their Rheumatological condition as this can improve quality of life and reduce the need for Orthopaedic surgery.
The majority of conditions are managed within the routine follow up clinic setting. We also run specialist clinics in combination with Paediatrics and Endocrinology for Osteoporosis at the QE11 hospital. Patients requiring anti-TNF therapies are assessed and managed through our anti-TNF clinic managed by the nurse specialists at the Lister hospital.
Our rheumatology department are looking to set up a nurse led clinic for patients with an inflammatory arthritis. Patients with a mild inflammatory arthritis whose disease is well controlled will be offered this service. Those attending this clinic will be seen every two years by a rheumatology nurse practitioner and alternate years by the consultant rheumatologist. Those who develop any problems while attending this clinic will be offered an earlier appointment with their consultant rheumatologist as part of our rapid access appointment system.
Clinics are held in the outpatients department at the Lister, QE11, Hertford County Hospitals and Hoddesdon Health centre.
Our patients can be referred during consultations to an allied health professional such as a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Podiatrist or Orthoptist if required.