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.
All our Consultant Rheumatologists are specialists in rheumatoid arthritis and other types of inflammatory arthritis.
Dr Lynsey Clarke
Specialises in Early Inflammatory Arthritis and connective tissue disease.
Dr Sarah Emerson
Specialises in Giant Cell Arteritis
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.
Hope De Vere
If you need urgent advice out of hours then please call NHS 111
Telephone: 0117 414 2855
Telephone: 0117 414 1617
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.)
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.
Telephone: 0117 414 4413
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.
Tibor Kosztka Physio and OT assistant
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.
The staff are extremely professional, understanding and sympathetic to my needs.
To cancel or reschedule your outpatient appointment
Please call 0300 555 0103 to discuss, change or cancel your appointment.
Or email: outpatientscallcentre
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.