About our department

The majority of our patients are seen in outpatient clinics at the Lister, New QEII and Hertford County hospitals. We also run specialist clinics in combination with Paediatrics at the Lister hospital and endocrinology for osteoporosis at the New QEII.

Our patient pathway co-ordinator for rheumatology, Kate Perry, will aid in the smooth transition of your care while attending appointments.

Our early arthritis clinic (for patients with a possible new diagnosis of an inflammatory arthritis) are running at both the Lister and New QEII. This enables patients to be seen by the rheumatology team for early diagnosis, education on their condition, its treatment and monitoring. There is an ultrasound scanner in our department to detect active inflammatory arthritis. You may access this at forthcoming appointments.

Urgent review appointments are available at both the Lister and Hertford County hospitals for patients with a confirmed diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis. Sharon Pearson, rheumatology nurse specialist, runs nurse-led clinics which allows patients requiring either a joint injection or an earlier review of their condition to be seen.

Patients requiring anti-TNF therapies are assessed and managed through our anti-TNF clinic, managed by nurse specialists at the Lister. Our medical day unit is based at the Lister and is used by our rheumatology team every Wednesday for various treatments. Some treatments are undertaken by our medical day unit nursing team.

Our annual review service is for patients with stable inflammatory arthritis. Patients are assessed yearly and appointments are with the consultant rheumatologist or the rheumatology nurse practitioner.

Patients can be referred during consultations to an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist, cccupational therapist, podiatrist or orthotist if required.

 

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