Rheumatology

 

Our expert team of rheumatologists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the joints, bones, muscles and soft tissue around the joints. 

The team includes consultants, doctors, nurse specialists and a research nurse to offer on-going support and care.

 

Treatment

Early arthritis service

Research and guidelines

How to refer

Contact information

Consultants

 


 

Treatment

For the early arthritis service click here.

Patients are treated for a number of rheumatology conditions including:

  • Rheumatoid, psoriatic and other inflammatory arthritides
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Connective tissue disease including lupus, sjogrens and scleroderma
  • Soft tissue rheumatology
  • Vasculitis and myositis
  • Temporal arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease

There are four specialist nurse clinics that are ideal for drug initiation, escalation and monitoring, as well as yearly reviews of our rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Urgent ‘hot’ clinics run every Thursday for patients with flares of their chronic conditions.  Patients are seen, assessed and treated the same day. We will refer on to orthopaedics or pain management, if required.

We prescribe:

  • disease modifying therapies
  • cyclophosphamide
  • all currently NICE approved biologic therapies both for treatment at home and in the hospital
  • specialist osteoporosis therapy including zolendronate, teriparatide and denosumab

We perform:

  • soft tissue injections
  • joint injections
  • joint aspirations
  • musculoskeletal ultrasound (hands, wrists, ankles and feet)

Inpatients are seen on the ward by our consultant led rheumatology service within 24 hours of referral (Monday to Friday).

 


 

Research and guidelines

Patients have the opportunity to take part in clinical trials in collaboration with the Clinical London Research Network. 

To ensure high quality standards we are actively involved in National Audits into the management of rheumatology conditions.

The department is involved in the development of treatment guidelines for the wider area served by Croydon University Hospital which will ensure that patients have access to the same high-quality services.

Many of our consultants and clinical staff work closely with other leading centres of care including Kings College Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and St George’s Hospital, drawing on the support and expertise of a wider network.  This gives Croydon patients access to the very best care that the NHS can offer at their own local hospital.

 


 

How to refer

Tel - 020 8401 3973

Email - ch-tr.specialistmedicine1@nhs.net 

Urgent referrals should go directly to the rheumatology department.

Non-urgent referrals should go via the community integrated musculoskeletal service (CIMS).

For early arthritis referrals click here.

 


 

Contact information

Rheumatology

Croydon University Hospital

530 London Road

Croydon

CR7 7YE

Tel - 020 8401 3973

Email - ch-tr.specialistmedicine1@nhs.net 

 

 


 

Patient Event

Service users are invited to join us at our:

Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain Day 

on Wednesday 4th October 
at the Masonic Hall Croydon. 

Read more about it here.

 

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