Rheumatology

Main Address

  • Rheumatology, Clinic 3D, Whittington Health, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF
  • 020 7288 5259

Hours

Our rheumatology service cares for people with:

  • Inflammatory and degenerative joint disease
  • Auto-inflammatory connective tissue problems
  • Metabolic bone disorders

We work closely with our colleagues in the musculoskeletal physiotherapy servicepain management, imaging, trauma and orthopaedics, paediatrics and podiatry.

Clinics

Our team of consultants, registrars and a specialist nurse care for adults in outpatient clinics at The Whittington Hospital. We also see hospital inpatients and urgent referrals from GPs and the emergency department.

New patients with symptoms of joint inflammation (redness, warmth and swelling) can benefit from our fast access early arthritis clinic. If appropriate, your GP will refer you directly to this clinic for urgent assessment.

Specialist nurse

Our specialist nurse provides education, advice (including over the phone) and follow-up monitoring for patients who are being treated with disease modifying or biologic medication.

Blood tests

Our dedicated clinic phlebotomist will do your blood tests without the need for another appointment.

Extended scope practitioners

Specially trained physiotherapists, known as ‘extended scope practitioners’, can investigate and treat certain musculoskeletal symptoms in hospital and in clinics set up in the community. They provide assessment, physiotherapy advice and give joint and soft tissue injections.

Depending on your condition, your extended scope practitioner may refer you to our rheumatology service (or to another service at the hospital) for further investigations and treatment.
 
You can be referred by your GP or refer yourself directly. Find out more on our musculoskeletal physiotherapy website.

Transitional care for young people

We work closely with the paediatrics service to provide continuous care for young people approaching 18 years of age, whose care is moving to our adult rheumatology service.
 
During your final year of treatment in paediatrics, our paediatric and adult consultants will see you in clinic together to make sure you always see a familiar face.

Referral

We accept referrals from GPs by post, fax or through the NHS e-Referral Service. For urgent referrals phone 020 7288 3070 and ask for bleep 3088 to speak to a rheumatology specialist registrar.

Useful resources

Lead manager

Dr Ihuoma Wamuo, consultant rheumatologist

Further Information

Patients

Patients being treated by us and receiving disease modifying or biologic therapy can contact 020 7288 5257 to speak to our specialist nurse.

GPs and healthcare professionals

GPs and healthcare professionals seeking urgent referrals, reviews and advice can phone 020 7288 3070 and ask for bleep 3088 to speak to a rheumatology specialist registrar.
 
GPs and healthcare professionals can phone 020 7288 5259 about patients being treated by us and leave a message for a call-back from one of our clinicians.
 
GPs can email us at askrheumatology.whitthealth@nhs.net with routine questions about patients not yet known to us, or about blood and radiology results. Emails are answered within 48 hours.

Key staff

Dr Laura Congi

Dr Laura Congi

Consultant Rheumatologist

Professor Jane Dacre

Professor Jane Dacre

Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Elena Nikiphorou

Dr Elena Nikiphorou

Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Researcher

Dr Anna Nuttall

Dr Anna Nuttall

Consultant Rheumatologist and department teaching lead

Dr Ihuoma Wamuo

Dr Ihuoma Wamuo

Consultant in Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine
Clinical Lead in Rheumatology

Working on it!