The Rheumatology clinic is led by a specialist in both rheumatology and homeopathy. It works closely with the musculoskeletal service. The team includes doctors, an osteopath, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, dietician, podiatrist and nurse practitioners with specialist skills in various forms of complementary medicine.
We provide diagnostic techniques including scanning and blood tests and treatments for a wide range of arthritic and rheumatological problems at different stages.
Aims of treatment include pain control, improved function, improved energy and well being and reduction of medication.
The specific aims of treatment depend on the individual, the nature and stage of the condition. The doctor and patient discuss what might be realistically achieved and devise an individualised package of treatment integrated with conventional care.
Arthritic and rheumatologic conditions commonly seen in the clinic include:
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and other connective tissue diseases
- Ankylosing spondylitis
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.
Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.