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Rheumatology

Location

  • Rheumatology clinic, level 1, rehabilitation block, Royal Derby Hospital (best entrance - entrance 14)
  • Ward 216 & daycase unit, level 2, rehabilitation block, Royal Derby Hospital (best entrance - entrance 15, education centre)

We are in the rehabilitation block which is a red brick building at the back right hand side of the Main Hospital Building. Our clinic is called Medical specialities Outpatients and you can get to it through entrace 12 of the Rehabilitation Block which is near Car Park 4 and next to the Emergency Departments.

About

The rheumatology department at the Royal Derby Hospital is a multidisciplinary team comprising doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists supported by dedicated secretarial and administrative staff. 

We provide a full range of care from the assessment to treatment of all types of rheumatic disease including disorders of the joints, muscles, bones and tendons such as arthritis, connective tissue disease and degenerative joint disease.

Our dedicated rheumatology team is situated in a purpose built department within the Royal Derby Hospital and provides outreach clinics at community hospitals in Ashbourne, Heanor, Ilkeston, Ripley and Swadlincote. Our in-patient beds and daycase facilities are based at the Royal Derby Hospital.

We undertake an active role in the education of both undergraduates from the Nottingham medical school and Derby graduate entry medical school and therefore you may encounter students at your consultation.

We have an active research team and are taking part in numerous national clinical trials. If you are interested in taking part in these then information can be obtained at your clinic or daycase visit.

Services

In addition to our general rheumatology service, we provide specialist clinics in:

  • Early inflammatory arthritis

  • Connective tissue disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Paediatric rheumatology


We are developing a musculoskeletal ultrasound service and this is already provided in some of our clinics.

We provide daycase investigations and treatments including:

  • Joint injections and aspirations

  • Soft tissue injections

  • Nerve blocks

  • Needle muscle biopsies

  • Yttrium synovectomies

  • Caudal epidural injections

  • Osteoporosis and metabolic bone treatments

  • Biologic therapy for inflammatory joint disease

  • Cytotoxic therapy 


We provide an on call service to General Practitioners 24 hours a day, and the on call Consultant and Specialist Registrar can be contacted via the hospital switchboard. 

Other Information

For first consultation appointments please bring:

  • A urine sample (or provide one on arrival)

  • Current medication information, bring one of the following:

    • a list

    • a current prescription

    • the boxes for the medications


Please arrive 10 minutes before you appointment time to allow for:

  • receptionist to check personal details

  • to provide a urine test if necessary

  • to check your weight


Contact details

Appointments office:           (01332) 786391
For any query about your appointment. 9.00 am to 4.30 pm monday - friday

Nurse advice line:               (01332) 787710
For any advice if you are taking long term anti-rheumatic medication. Messages left on the answer machine will be answered on the same day before 5.00 pm monday to friday. If you phone after 5pm or at the weekend, we will phone you back the next working day.

Blood form request line:    (01332) 787700
This is an answer machine service. This is to request blood forms if you are taking long term anti-rheumatic medication. Please allow two weeks for the forms to be sent to you.

Please remember to have your hospital reference number and your telephone number available when you contact us. If the answer machine is on, please leave a message and we will phone you back. Please speak slowly and clearly to make sure we get all your details.