Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000


Rheumatology is a multidisciplinary branch of medicine that deals with disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues.  The most common and well-known group being arthritis.  


Rheumatology services

Our expert team of rheumatologists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the joints, bones, muscles and soft tissue around the joints.  There a number of different rheumatologic conditions, the most common and well-known group being arthritis.

The team offers an Early Arthritis Service to ensure patients are diagnosed and treated quickly.  Patients are seen within three weeks of referral for an ultrasound of the hands, wrists, ankles and feet. 

Rheumatology symptoms such as joint pain or stiffness can indicate a number of conditions, such as:

  • Inflammatory arthritis and other types of arthritis
  • Connective tissue diseases, e.g. lupus, sjogrens and scleroderma
  • Vascultis and myositis
  • Soft tissue rheumatology
  • Osteoporosis
  • Metabolic bone disease

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

Clinics are available at Croydon University Hospital and Purley War Memorial Hospital to give patients more choice and deliver high quality care closer to home.


Depending on diagnosis a number of treatment options are available.  A clinician may prescribe disease modifying therapies or specialist osteoporosis therapies or perform the following procedures:

  • soft tissue injections
  • joint injections
  • joint aspirations
  • musculoskeletal ultrasounds of the hands, wrists, ankles and feet

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.