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Welcome to the Rheumatology Department

Rheumatology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, which primarily affect the joints, bones and muscles. Also included are conditions of the immune system.

Rheumatologists treat patients with inflammatory joint disease such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), metabolic bone disorders such as osteoporosis, connective tissues diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE), and soft tissues rheumatism such as tennis elbow. Other conditions covered include gout, nerve entrapment (such as sciatica) and back pain.

The main priority of the rheumatology department is the assessment and treatment of patients who may be developing an inflammatory arthritis such as RA. As rapid diagnosis and early treatment has been shown to improve outcome and dramatically reduce long-term problems, disability and loss of employment, we aim to see patients with suspected inflammatory athritis within three weeks, for all patients we have amongst the shortest waiting times in East Anglia.

Sometimes the drugs used to treat inflammatory arthritis are quite complex, so every patient starting a drug for inflammatory arthritis is seen by a specialist nurse, who explains the diagnosis and treatment in detail. We offer a rheumatology advice telephone service so patients can phone if they have any questions.

Main Contact Numbers




Contact No.

Dr D O’Reilly

Consultant Rheumatologist

Lorraine Morgan

01284 713484

Dr Vivek Rajagopal

Consultant Rheumatologist

Cindy Lightowler

01284 713440

Dr Shweta Bhagat

Consultant Rheumatologist

Susan Scales

01284 712977

Dr Catherine Bevington

Consultant Rheumatologist

Michele Wood

01284 712907

Dr Mark Sykes

Consultant Rheumatologist


01284 713440

Rheumatology Nurses: 01284 713707

Patient Advice Line: 01284 713707

Specialist Registrar: Bleep 907

Last updated: 27 Sep 2016 09:40:19.577

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