Rheumatology Outpatients

The Rheumatology Outpatient service consists, on average of 45 clinics per week, providing appointments for over 10,000 patients on an annual basis. Clinics currently being provided include:

  • General Rheumatology
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Early Arthritis
  • Acute Back
  • New Drug Education
  • Joint Injection
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ward Follow-up
  • Combined Rheumatology/Dermatology
  • Vasculitis clinic with Rheumatology, Renal Medicine and Chest Medicine
  • Giant Cell Arteritis

Appointment Information

Appointments for new patients will be made via the Choose and Book system. Appointments for returning patients will be made by the department secretaries/receptionists and confirmed by letter.

On average 85 patients per month fail to notify the department that they cannot attend their appointment, thereby wasting valuable clinic space. It is, therefore, very important that patients notify us as soon as possible on one of the numbers shown below whenever they cannot attend their appointment:

Reception 01603 287005
Dr. Merry’s secretary 01603 287003
Prof Gaffney and Dr Yates’ secretary  01603 288678
Dr. Marshall’s secretary 01603 288677
Prof. MacGregor’s secretary 01603 288677
Dr Mukhtyar’s secretary 01603 287118
Dr Chulanie De Silva 01603 286725
Specialist Nurse Clinics secretary 01603 287203
Biologics Clinic secretary 01603 288338
Dr Lim and Dr Fordham’s secretary


01603 288623


What should I do before my appointment?

Please follow the instructions shown on the appointment letter and remember to bring with you:

  • Urine sample
  • List of usual medication
  • Shared care booklet (if you have one)

What happens on arrival at the department?

Please inform Reception of your arrival. Following a demographics check, you will be asked to take a seat in the main waiting area. As your appointment time approaches you will be called by a member of the nursing team to take a seat in the clinic area, possibly via the weighing room if necessary. As soon as your doctor or a junior member of his clinical staff becomes available you will be shown into the clinic.

Rheumatology reception