Rheumatology

The department is located across the three sites and is a nationally and internationally renowned centre for research, focusing on cardiovascular aspects of inflammatory rheumatic disease.

Outpatient services are provided on all three sites with day case facilities and services provided at Russells Hall Hospital. The service is multi-disciplinary with dedicated physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropody, orthotic and psychology sessions, supporting the medical and specialist nursing teams.

The service covers the full range of adult rheumatological conditions, from osteaoarthritis and soft tissue rheumatism to inflammatory arthritis and the complex systemic disorders such as connective tissue diseases and vasculitis. Osteoporosis assessment by DEXA and an osteoporosis clinic is held at Corbett Hospital.

The rheumatology team aims to work closely with the community and primary care settings to provide shared care for chronic arthritic patients. In addition to routine clinics, we also hold a large number of specialist clinics and combined clinics:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus/CTD
  • Vasculitis
  • Sero-negative arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diagnostic and interventional ultrasound in rheumatology
  • Dedicated ankle, foot, shoulder/elbow, hip and knee clinics (with orthopaedic colleagues)
  • With our medical and other colleagues (i.e. cardiology, chest medicine, renal medicine, sjogren’s syndrome

Useful links

Regional ANCA Associated Vasculitis (AAV) Audit

Please click here for the Regional ANCA Associated Vasculitis (AAV) Audit.

Key staff

Patient information leaflets

Useful information

This service is available at:
  • Russells Hall Hospital
Where to find us
  • Ward C8, second floor, west wing, Russells Hall Hospital
Telephone numbers
  • (01384) 244789
  • (Russels Hall) 01384 456111 (Ext 3365)

Service details

Clinical directorate
  • Ambulatory and Community Care
Management team
  • Dr Jeff Neilson
    Clinical director
  • Dr Nicola Erb
    Medical service head
Nursing leads
  • Julie Walklate
    Matron
  • Julie Round
    Lead nurse