Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000

Early arthritis service


Rapid diagnosis and early treatment of inflammatory arthritis is known to increase likelihood of remission, reduce rates of joint damage and give a good quality of life.

Croydon Health Services has developed a dedicated early arthritis service to speed up assessment and treatment of these conditions.



How to refer

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Consultant-led early arthritis clinics are available at Croydon University Hospital and Purley War Memorial Hospital.

A comprehensive ultrasound scan of the hands, wrists and feet is performed with the aim to speed up diagnosis of patients with symptoms of inflammatory arthritis and treat within six weeks of referral.

For patients presenting with more than two swollen joints and had their symptoms for less than a year, the service aims to review within three weeks of referral to catch arthritis early.

We diagnose and treat within six weeks of referral as per the National Quality Standards (NQS) set by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the British Society of Rheumatology.



How to refer

For a breakdown of the referral pathway for inflammatory arthritis click here.

Refer via Choose and Book.

Fax completed referral form to 020 8401 3407.


Contact information


Croydon University Hospital

530 London Road




Tel: 020 8401 3010 / 3343

Fax: 0208 401 3407




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