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Rheumatology

We provide care for patients with a broad range of rheumatic diseases, offering patients diagnosis, treatment and when appropriate long term management of their condition.

We see people with a full range of rheumatic conditions including:

  • Inflammatory arthritis (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout)
  • Connective tissue diseases (e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma, myositis, Sjogren’s syndrome)
  • Vasculitis (e.g. ANCA vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis)
  • Metabolic bone disorders (e.g. osteoporosis, Paget’s disease)
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (e.g. osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, soft tissue rheumatism, benign joint hypermobility)

We offer care at our three main hospital sites: Worcestershire Royal Hospital, The Alexandra Hospital, Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital & Treatment Centre.  Outpatient clinics are also held at Malvern and Evesham Community Hospitals.

The service is multi-disciplinary with dedicated physiotherapists and occupational therapists supporting the medical and specialist nursing teams. At the Worcestershire Royal site we have a dedicated day-case unit and hydrotherapy pool. We work closely with other health professionals including, orthotics, podiatry and orthopaedic colleagues across the County.  The rheumatology team works closely with primary care to provide shared care for patients.

We offer a range of specialist clinics. These include an early inflammatory arthritis clinic providing patients with rapid diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and an osteoporosis clinic which is supported by a dedicated osteoporosis specialist nurse for patients with severe or more complex bone disorders.

Our therapy teams run a successful fibromyalgia self-management programme.

Contact Us

Meet the team

We have five consultant rheumatologists working across the Trust providing specialist clinics and services to patients at Worcestershire Royal, the Alexandra Hospital and Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre.

We provide a dedicated advice line for existing patients of the department who need help regarding their treatment or disease management.

The Rheumatology Advice Line*

 01905 760461

Patient Information leaflets

Useful Links

The following table is a list of useful information regarding rheumatic conditions that can be found on the internet.

General Information about Rheumatology, Conditions and Treatment

https://www.rheumatology.org.uk/

http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/

Rheumatoid Arthritis

http://www.nras.org.uk/

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Rheumatoid-arthritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Ankylosing Spondylitis

http://nass.co.uk/ 

Psoriatic Arthritis

http://www.papaa.org/ 

Fibromyalgia

http://www.fmauk.org/

SLE

http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/

Scleroderma / Raynauds

http://www.raynauds.org.uk/

PMR / GCA

http://www.pmrgca.co.uk/content/home-page

Vasculitis

http://www.vasculitis.org.uk/

Sjogren’s Syndrome

https://www.bssa.uk.net/

Hypermobility Syndrome

http://hypermobility.org/

Osteoporosis

https://nos.org.uk/

Gout

http://www.ukgoutsociety.org/

Service Referrals

Early Inflammatory Arthritis

It is now recognised that the best outcomes for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are achieved when it is treated early. An early inflammatory arthritis (EIA) clinic has been established at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to rapidly assess, and if appropriate, start treatment for patients with suspected inflammatory arthritis.

Clinics take place every Thursday morning at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Patients can be referred directly via the NHS e-Referral Service.

The clinic is for patients with new onset persistent suspected synovitis and patients will be seen within 3 weeks of referral, as per 2013 NICE RA Quality Standards. Patients who meet the eligibility criteria should be referred by e-Referral with a completed EIA referral form

Please note any referrals received without an accompanying referral form will be rejected and returned.

For more information on referring a patient to this service please read our section - patient referrals

 

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