Please click on the links below for more information on Rheumatology.
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
- 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.
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.
Clinics run Monday to Friday across all three hospital sites.
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.
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
We work closely with the Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Departments as well as with GPs and Community Matrons.