Rheumatology

This medical specialty is devoted to the diagnosis and management of Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Soft Tissue diseases.

What we do

The medical team and specialist rheumatology practitioners (senior nurses or physiotherapists) see new and follow-up patients with painful inflammatory disorders of the joints and other systems, mostly as outpatients but occasionally as inpatients. We take a history of the problem, perform a clinical examination and order special tests such as blood tests, X-rays and sometimes specialised scans such as ultrasound or MRI to help us make a diagnosis. We prescribe specialist drugs, administer injections, offer specialist education to patients and carers and manage these often lifelong conditions.
We work as part of a multidisciplinary team including other specialist services as required, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, orthotics and podiatry. We sometimes administer joint or other injections to help with symptoms. We run specialist services and clinics for patients with osteoporosis, connective tissue diseases, ankylosing spondylitis and paediatric rheumatology.  We also have emergency clinics and have access to an infusion service for rheumatology patients.

The rheumatology practitioner advice helpline is staffed by specialist rheumatology practitioners for the use of patients, carers and GPs. Our practitioners can offer advice on the telephone on many issues, including flare-ups of arthritis and the adverse effects of medication.

We run Rheumatology outpatient clinics at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Chase Hospital in Bordon, Alton Community Hospital and Andover War Memorial Hospital.

The team

Name Role Base Contact
Dr Deirdre Shawe Consultant Rheumatologist Basingstoke 01256 315057
Dr Rupak Moitra Consultant Rheumatologist Basingstoke 01256 315057
Dr Wendy Holden Consultant Rheumatologist Basingstoke 01256 315057
Dr. Neil Buchanan   Consultant Rheumatologist Winchester 01962 824150
Dr. Anca Ghiurluc Consultant Rheumatologist  Winchester  01962 824150
Dr. Emma Williams Consultant Rheumatologist Winchester  01962 824150
Dr Peter Beanlands Clinical Assistant Winchester 01962 824150
Cathy Boys Senior Rheumatology Specialist Practitioner Basingstoke 01256 313117
Kate Hardy Senior Rheumatology Specialist Practitioner Basingstoke 01256 313117
Lola Birch Rheumatology Specialist Practitioner Basingstoke 01256 313117
Lorna Thomas Rheumatology Specialist Practitioner    
Janet Cushnaghan Rheumatology study coordinator Basingstoke 01256 313117
Michelle Clarke  Clinical Nurse Specialist / Departmental Line Manager    Winchester 01962 824256
Sarah Woollard  Clinical Nurse Specialist    01256 313418
Christine Graver  Clinical Nurse Specialist    01256 313418
Clare Das  Clinical Nurse Specialist    01256 313418
Jo Quinn Operational Services Manager   07717 0225006

 

 

 


updated 10 April 2018

Rheumatology Practitioner service

Advice Line

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

01256 313117

Royal Hampshire County Hospital

01962 824256


Consultant Secretaries

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital

Phone - 01256 315057

Royal Hampshire County Hospital 

01962 824150

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