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Rheumatology referrals

Diagnosing and treating joint, bone and connective tissue diseases

Coronavirus: rhematology services update

We are doing everything we can to support GPs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you need advice from our clinical team please use the current advice and guidance channels including ERS advice and guidance for written communication.

We strongly encourage GPs to use the Consultant Connect service which offers immediate contact by telephone with senior clinicians to discuss cases. Please consider this before making any referral as our capacity to see new patients is very limited.

All rheumatology appointments are being assessed for immediate need.  In some cases we are changing appointments to a telephone consultation or video appointment.

Some appointments may be cancelled without a future date being arranged at this stage.  If we cancel your appointment you will remain on our waiting list and we will contact the patient when our service resumes or the patient may be discharged. We will write to you and your patient if this is the case.

Referral information

All NHS GP referrals must be submitted using the NHS e-Referral service (formerly Choose and Book).

Referrals sent to the nhs.net mailbox or by post from GPs will not be processed.

Tertiary referrals can be emailed to:  gst-tr.rheumandlupus@nhs.net

We accept referrals from all over the UK, from GPs as well as tertiary for a range of conditions, including:

  • rheumatoid, inflammatory, psoriatic and temporal arteritis
  • back, neck and shoulder pain
  • spondylitis
  • fibromyalgia
  • polymyalgia
  • gout
  • vasculitis
  • sarcoidosis
  • sjogren’s syndrome.

You can refer a patient to one of our general clinics, from which they will be directed to the most appropriate clinic for treatment, or directly to any of our following specialist clinics:

Please note for metabolic bone patients, GPs requiring DEXA scans only should contact the osteoporosis unit directly by emailing gst-tr.nuclearmedicineaandcreferrals@nhs.net.