Rheumatology Team

Our Rheumatology Department is a multidisciplinary team consisting of Consultant Rheumatologists as well as specialist registrars training in Rheumatology, pharmacists, specialist nurses, physiotherapy & occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and orthotics.

Consultant Rheumatologists

All our Consultant Rheumatologists are specialists in rheumatoid arthritis and other types of inflammatory arthritis.

Dr Emma Clark
Specialises in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.
Secretary: Jessica Goodwin 0117 4142849

Dr Paul Creamer
Specialises in ankylosing spondylitis
Secretaries:
Southmead - Lavern Murray 0117 414 2852
Cossham - Caroline Reed 0117 3408510

Dr Lynsey Clarke
Specialises in Early Inflammatory Arthritis and connective tissue disease.

Secretaries:
Southmead – Pamela Stone 0117 414 2851
Cossham - Caroline Reed 0117 414 5140

Dr Sarah Emerson
Specialises in Giant Cell Arteritis

Secretaries:
Southmead – Lorina Gee 0117 414 42853
Cossham - Caroline Reed 0117 414 5140

Dr Harsha Gunawardena
Specialises in connective tissue diseases and vasculitis
Secretaries:
Southmead – Pamela Stone 0117 414 2851
Cossham - Caroline Reed 0117 414 5140

Dr Philip Hamann
Secretaries:
Southmead – Elizabeth Emery 0117 414 2850
Cossham - Caroline Reed 0117 414 5140

Dr Nicola Minaur
Specialises in young adult Rheumatology and transition and musculoskeletal ultrasound
Secretaries:
Southmead – Elizabeth Emery 0117 414 2850
Cossham - Caroline Reed 0117 414 5140

Dr Sam Patel
Specialises in Acute General Medicine, vasculitis and Behçets syndrome 
Secretary: Sarah Thomas 0117 414 1140

Prof Jon Tobias
Specialises in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease
Secretary:
Southmead – Elizabeth Emery 0117 414 2850

Specialist nurses

 

You may see the Rheumatology Nurses and Specialist Pharmacist in an outpatient appointment and you can contact them on the rheumatology advice line. We provide education about the disease process, medication, coping, pain management, employment issues and injection technique.

We run the Rheumatology Advice Line, which provides advice, support and information for patients in between hospital visits. We are available Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and bank holidays. We will return your call within 48 working hours. This is an answer machine service, please leave a message.

Alison Bayliss
Hope De Vere
Felicity Ferris
Elaine McCormack
Kreshma Summerhayes

Contact Rheumatology Advice Line: 0117 414 0600 (this is an answer machine service, please leave a message.)
Email: rheumatologyadviceline@nbt.nhs.uk

If you need urgent advice out of hours then please call NHS 111

Administration Assistants

Harry Molton
Telephone: 0117 414 2855

Shantelle Walter
Telephone: 0117 414 1617

Specialist Pharmacists

Emily Rose-Parfitt, Consultant Pharmacist
Nidhimol Matthews, Specialist Pharmacist
Telephone Rheumatology Advice Line: 0117 414 0600 (this is an answer machine service, please leave a message.)
Email: rheumatologyadviceline@nbt.nhs.uk

Physiotherapists

We run specialist group classes for people with ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis and other inflammatory conditions, as well as tailor-made one-to-one physiotherapy treatments. We provide information and advice about your condition, teaching you what symptoms to expect and how to manage them. We guide you how to recognise and manage a flare, when to rest and when to exercise, and how to modify activities to protect your joints. We will teach you safe stretching and strengthening exercises, to increase movement and strength and maintain function. There is a rheumatology gym and a hydrotherapy pool at Level 1, Southmead Hospital Bristol.

Rachel Lewis
Nicola Lewis
Melissa Grindey
Jethro Mendola-Byatt
Telephone: 0117 414 4413

Occupational therapists

We provide advice and aids to enable you to participate fully in everyday life activities. We run group and one-to-one patient education sessions in self-management skills like joint protection, pacing, energy conservation, and relaxation. We provide a specialist splinting service for patients with upper limb problems.

Jenny Philpott
Caroline King
Leanne Nabosi
Hannah Woodrow 
Tibor Kosztka Physio and OT assistant
Email: OccTherapy.Rheum@nbt.nhs.uk

Clinical Psychology

Adjusting to an arthritis can be a challenge and may affect people emotionally at different times. Physical and emotional well-being are closely linked. If a person finds they are struggling emotionally, it may be useful to have some additional support from a Psychologist. This would be alongside the usual support from other members of the Rheumatology Team.

Psychologists can offer support with: self-management; coping with ongoing fatigue or pain; worries about taking medication; emotions that have become more of a problem, such as anxiety, low mood or anger; stress; relationship difficulties or work related difficulties. This might include thinking about other factors that might be impacting on physical and emotional well-being, such as bereavement or stress related concerns.


Dr Kate Druett
Telephone: 0117 414 2855
Email: RheumatologyPsychology@nbt.nhs.uk

Contact Rheumatology

DXA Scan Appointments: 0117 4147874

Rheumatology Advice Line: 0117 4140600 (this is an answer machine service, please leave a message.)
Email: rheumatologyadviceline@nbt.nhs.uk

Feedback

The staff are extremely professional, understanding and sympathetic to my needs.

Patient Satisfaction Survey 2012

Contact Outpatients

Coronavirus

If you have symptoms that include a new and continuous cough and/or high temperature, you should not attend your appointment. Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest advice. 

If you do not have symptoms, please attend your appointment as usual.

Please call 0300 555 0103 to discuss your appointment. 

To change or cancel your outpatients appointment:

Telephone: 0300 555 0103
Email: outpatientscallcentre

Rheumatology Team