Rheumatology (joints)

Please click on the links below for more information on Rheumatology.

What is it?

Where do we offer this service?

When do we offer this service?

Who should you contact?

Further advice and resources

Community services

 

What is it?

Rheumatology involves the diagnosis and therapy of conditions and diseases of the joints, muscles, bones and tendons. Rheumatologists are Doctors who specialise in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries including: 

  • Arthritis, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Connective tissue diseases, such as lupus and scleroderma
  • Paget's disease.

Rheumatology doctors work closely with our nurse specialists.

We will shortly be adding more information to this section.

Where do we offer this service?

Rheumatology services are mainly based in our Outpatient departments, but patients can attend Day Units for intravenous medications and joint injections.

  • Dewsbury and District Hospital Outpatient department
  • Pinderfields Hospital Outpatient department
  • Pontefract Hospital Outpatient department
     

We also see patients with rheumatological problems who are under the care of Medical, Surgical or Orthopaedic teams and stay overnight at our hospitals.

When do we offer this service?

Clinics run Monday to Friday across all three hospital sites.

Who should you contact?

If you are an existing patient of the Rheumatology department with a question about your treatment, please contact us through the Helpline telephone number you were given.


If you have not yet been to the Rheumatology department, please discuss your concerns with your GP who can advise you further about our services.

 

Further advice and resources

You may find the following websites helpful:


Arthritis Research UK www.arthritisresearchuk.org

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society www.nras.org.uk

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society www.nass.co.uk

British Society for Rheumatology www.rheumatology.org.uk/Patient_Information 

Fibromyalgia Association UK www.fibromyalgia-associationuk.org

Lupus UK www.lupusuk.org.uk

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) www.rheumatoidarthritis.org

 

Community services

We work closely with the Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Departments as well as with GPs and Community Matrons.