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
- Ward Follow-up
- Combined Rheumatology/Dermatology
- Vasculitis clinic with Rheumatology, Renal Medicine and Chest Medicine
- Giant Cell Arteritis
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:
|Dr. Merry’s secretary||01603 287003|
|Dr. Gaffney’s secretary||01603 289670|
|Dr. Marshall’s secretary||01603 288677|
|Prof. MacGregor’s secretary||01603 288677|
|Dr Mukhtyar’s secretary||01603 287118|
|Dr Chulanie De Silva||01603 288623|
|Specialist Nurse Clinics secretary||01603 287203|
|Biologics Clinic secretary||01603 287786|
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.