Our rheumatology service cares for people with:
- Inflammatory and degenerative joint disease
- Auto-inflammatory connective tissue problems
- Metabolic bone disorders
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.
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.
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
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.
Whittington Health physiotherapy online self-referral
Arthritis Research UK website
Lupus UK website
National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society website