Service overview - Rheumatology
Our specialist doctors, called rheumatologists, run the unit and are experts in the field of musculoskeletal disorders (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves).
Their role is to diagnose conditions and recommend appropriate treatment, if necessary from the orthopaedic department. The rheumatologist may need to review you regularly, either in person or via one of the rheumatology team.
Alternatively, your condition may be one your GP can manage in the community. Many conditions are managed jointly between the GP and our hospital care teams.
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Basildon Hospital - Rheumatology services
Rheumatology Day Unit, Basildon University Hospital,
Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL
Telephone: 01268 524900 ext 3397 / 8359 / 2267 / 2391
Rheumatology helpline: 01268 598461
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Who the service is for
Adults with rheumatic conditions.
About the service
The Rheumatology Department offers assessment and treatment for rheumatic conditions including:
Inflammatory arthritis - rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and other inflammatory arthritis
Connective tissue diseases - SLE (Lupus), Sjorgren's syndrome, systemic sclerosis, myositis, PMR, GCA and other vasculitis and auto-immune disorders
Metabolic bone disease – osteoporosis, male osteoporosis, young osteoporosis, eating disorders, Paget's disease and osteogenesis imperfecta
Regional musculoskeletal problems and Fibromyalgia
The service offers the following procedures:
diagnostic procedures such as muscle biopsies and lip biopsies
joint injections, including image guided injections for joints such as hip and Caudal epidural injection
intravenous treatments - biologics, cytotoxic, IV bisphosphonates
outpatient clinics for biologic screening, DMARD monitoring
electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) services (on specialist referral)
Outpatient clinics are held at Basildon and Orsett Hospitals, and include:
early arthritis clinic
connective tissue diseases clinic
'one stop' osteoporosis clinic, including DEXA scan
combined paediatrics/rheumatology clinic
The Rheumatology Department is involved in many research studies and patients may be offered the opportunity to participate if they are eligible.
Broomfield Hospital - Rheumatology services
Rheumatology is one of the medical specialties which deals diseases related to the musculoskeletal system, including arthritis and other related diseases and disorders of the joints, muscles tendons and bones.
Other parts of the body such as the muscles, the skin, the eyes, the lungs, blood vessels and kidneys may also be affected by some of these conditions.
Adults with inflammatory arthritis and Vasculitis are seen and treated in clinic. Large cohort of patients on Biologic Therapies Paediatric and Adolescent patients are seen in paediatric MDT setting. We have close co-operation with Royal Free, UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital for management of these patients
Tel: 01245 515231
Each of the four consultants sees patients with general bone and joint conditions such as Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis at weekly outpatient clinics at Broomfield, St Michael’s and St Peter’s.
Each of the four consultants sees patients with general bone and joint conditions such as Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis Each consultant sub specialises in particular disorders as follows:
All Rheumatology referrals should be directed to:
Department of Rheumatology
Broomfield Hospital, Court road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7ET
Urgent referrals can be faxed to the department on 01245 513970
DEXA scanner and is located at :
Essex CM1 7ET
Contact : 01245 514106
Specialist clinics include:
Electrodiagnosis (EMG) clinics.
Sports medicine and Soft tissue Rheumatism clinic.
The Rheumatology Team provides a broad base of expertise in rheumatic disorders in close liaison with the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy departments. Specialist diagnostic and monitoring services are available for patients with all forms of rheumatic disease including the following conditions:
Connective tissue disease.
Soft tissue lesions.
Crystal induced arthropathy.
Infective bone/joint disease.
Orthopaedic medical conditions.
Southend Hospital - Rheumatology services
Our rheumatology team is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions which cause pain, stiffness and swelling of bones, muscles and joints such as arthritis and rheumatism.
Our services and clinics include:
suspected PMR (Polymyalgia rheumatica, or painful muscles - a condition which can come on suddenly and which is often treated with steroids)
To change an appointment please call 01702 385244.
For general rheumatologic queries: if you are suffering a flare-up of your condition or require additional medication advice please call our secretaries on either 01702 385254 or 01702 385252.
We do not have the facility to support walk-in requests in the department. If you require urgent assistance please contact your GP or call 111, the NHS non-emergency number.