Rheumatology provide inpatient, outpatient and day case care to patients with a wide range of conditions. The department also offers a blood test monitoring service for patients receiving disease modifying drugs to ensure safety.
The approach to care in rheumatology is patient centred; we value a multi-disciplinary approach and work closely with therapy services including physiotherapy and occupational therapy. Joint clinics are carried out with other specialities for conditions such as osteoporosis and ultra-sound imaging in inflammatory arthritis.
We also have joint injection/soft tissue clinics carried out by our physiotherapists and several specialist nurse clinics for early arthritis education, biologics medicines and osteoporosis
Monitoring nurse helpline 0191 5699600 (This is an answerphone service; we aim to reply to your message within 24 hours)
Specialist nurse helpline 0191 5699614 (This is an answerphone service; we aim to reply to your message within 24 hours)
Rheumatology ward B28 0191 5699728
Inpatient care is provided at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Ward B28, B level.
The rheumatology outpatient department is located within the Chester Wing outpatient department, Area 5 at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Clinics are also held at the Galleries Health Centre, Washington, and Monkwearmouth Hospital.
Divisional General Manager Angela Gillham
Directorate Manager Rob Parnaby
Clinical Director Dr Scott Marshall
Matron Miriam Davison
Clinical Lead Dr Graham Raftery
Rheumatology/Osteoporosis Specialist Nurse/Department Manager Louise West
Rheumatology Biologics Specialist Nurse Lesley Duffell
Rheumatology Specialist Nurse (Early Arthritis) Kirsty Lewis