Rheumatology Specialist Nurses

 Rheumatology Specialist Nurses

Heather Hasthorpe        Lead Rheumatology Clinical Specialist Nurse.

Tracey Ryan                  Rheumatology Specialist Nurse.

Aimee Hill                      Rheumatology Specialist Nurse.

Serena Miles                 Rheumatology Specialist Nurse.

S’Rah Kemp                  Lupus Specialist Nurse.

 

Education, treatment escalation and follow up clinics are conducted in the hospital and in outreach clinics in some GP surgeries, providing a link between hospital, GPs, day unit and Primary Care Team. All of us have at least five years experience working with people with rheumatoid arthritis and other related conditions.

We provide information, education and specialist knowledge to patients, their families and carers, including patient education and counselling regarding the disease and the use of disease modifying drugs and monitoring.

We also manage the rheumatology advice line answering queries from patients experiencing problems arising form their condition and its treatment. Carers can access this service for general advice, but require permission of the patient, if they wish to discuss specific problem with person in their care.This helps us to assist the individual to manage their condition and hopefully improve and maintain their quality of life. We are very keen to improve our service and frequently conduct clinical audits to monitor patients treatment and also to gain feedback on services provided by the department.

Our telephone advice line 01603 287801 operates between 09.00-16.00 Monday-Friday (Closed Bank Holidays and weekends).  This provides non-emergency direct access to specialist advice for patients, carers and other health professionals. We are not always available to answer calls immediately but an answerphone is available to leave a message and  contact details and one of the Rheumatology Specialist Nurses will return your call within two working days. this may be longer during periods of high clinical demand.