Rheumatology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the joints, bones, muscles, soft tissues, connective tissues and immune system. This includes over 200 conditions.
We provide comprehensive management of all Rheumatological conditions, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Gout, Connective Tissue Disorders such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Sjogren’s Syndrome and Scleroderma, Vasculitis, Myositis, Osteoporosis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), Temporal Arteritis, and Ankylosing Spondylitis.
We work closely with colleagues in other specialties for the management of conditions which affect multiple systems in the body.
Key contact numbers
Advice line (this is an answerphone service, please leave a message)
King George Hospital 020 8970 8408
Queen’s Hospital 01708 435 000 extension 4821
Fracture Liaison Service 01708 435 000 extension 3219
King George Hospital 020 8970 8190
Brentwood Community Hospital 01277 695 104
Appointments (use this number if you need to cancel or change an appointment)
020 8970 4700
What types of treatment are available?
We offer a full range of treatments for all Rheumatological conditions, including drug treatments, joint and soft tissue injections and ultrasound guided injections.
We provide a biologic treatment service. Biologic drugs are specialised treatments which target specific parts of the immune system to control inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. They are given by injection or an infusion into the vein.
We have close links with physiotherapy and hand therapy for the additional treatment of certain conditions.
Clinical lead Dr Louise Daniels
Lead nurse Ratidzo Maboreke
- Dr Louise Daniels
- Dr Teresa Doherty
- Dr Shabina Habibi
- Dr Myo Lynn
- Dr Neil Perera
- Dr Euthalia Roussou
- Dr Thushani Wickramaratne
- Dr Sharmi Williams
- Rheumatology Registrar
- Natasha Banja
- Karen Bowmer
- Janice Leahy
- Pat Lewis
- Ratidzo Maboreke
- Sariyu Mogaji
- Diana Simeon
- Janette Viterbo
- Dee Tomasso (osteoporosis specialist nurse)
Preparing for your rheumatology appointment
Please bring your appointment letter and a list of your current medications.
You should allow at least 30 minutes for parking.
You will have a set of observations on arrival for your appointment and will be asked to produce a urine specimen, so please ask the clinic nurse for a specimen pot if you need to use the toilet before this has happened.
Early arthritis clinics
You will be sent a form to complete before attending your appointment. This collects information about your previous medical history, medications and the impact your symptoms are having on your daily life and work.
You will also be asked to attend for a blood tests and x-rays at least one week prior to your appointment, to allow more comprehensive assessment of your condition when you are seen in clinic.
Our clinics are held across a number of sites including Queen's Hospital, King George Hospital and Brentwood Community Hospital.
Nurse-led-clinics for drug counselling and drug reviews, for both disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biological treatments with consultant supervision, are running daily at both Queen’s and King George hospitals.
Early Inflammatory Arthritis Clinics (service lead, Dr Louise Daniels)
These clinics are run daily at either King George Hospital or Queen’s Hospital, for the rapid assessment (within three weeks of referral) and treatment of patients with symptoms suggestive of a new onset inflammatory arthritis.
Fracture Liaison Service (run by Dee Tomasso osteoporosis specialist nurse and Dr Thushani Wickramaratne)
This service aims to identify patients who are at risk of secondary fractures and osteoporosis. A DEXA scan will be arranged as necessary and patients are followed up the same day in nurse-led clinics.
We provide a telephone advice line Monday to Thursday, answering machine out of hours. Referrals are accepted from inpatient and outpatient medical staff, GPs and patients may also self-refer via the telephone advice line.
These clinics are held on Monday and Friday mornings at King George Hospital, and Tuesday and Thursday at Queen’s Hospital.
Rheumatology and obstetrics combined (ROC) clinic
These clinics are held at Queen's Hospital in the Ante Natal Unit, on the first Tuesday of the month, by Dr Euthalia Roussou and Miss Asma Aziz.
Combined hand clinic
This is held on the third Tuesday of the month at Queen's Hospital, by Dr Euthalia Roussou and plastic surgeon, Mr Manu Sood.
Useful links and support information
Support and further information
Arthritis Research UK www.arthritisresearchuk.org
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) www.nras.org.uk
Arthritis Self-help Network London www.arthritis-selfhelp.org
National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) www.nass.co.uk
Lupus UK www.lupusuk.org.uk
Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Association www.raynaud’s.org.uk
British Sjogren’s Syndrome Association www.bssa.uk.net
Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance (PAPAA) www.papaa.org.uk
Fibromyalgia Association UK (FMA UK) www.fibromyalgia-associationuk.org
National Osteoporosis Society www.nos.org.uk
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