Community Rheumatology

Who are we?

The Community Rheumatolgy Service is a joint enterprise between the Community Health Trust and the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Foundation Trust. The Service treats patients with rheumatological conditions. We have a multidisciplinary team which offers a range of services including Consultants, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Healthcare Support Worker.

Our services

We offer assessment and treatment of a range of rheumatolgical conditions as well as advice and guidance on managing these condtions. We offer a range of treatment and diganostics including:

Diagnostics:

  • Bone denisty scanning
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • X-Rays

Treatment:

  • Commencement of medication
  • Injections
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy

The people we see

We see patients who require further treament for any rheumatological conditions. Some of these include:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis
    Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondyloarthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erthematosus (SLE)

These are just a small number of the conditions seen within the service; there are many more rheumatological conditions the service are able to deal with.

New patients

New patients can be referred to the service by their General Practitioner via referral through Choose and Book. The service is only available to Telford & Wrekin patients. We only accept referrals for adults aged 18 and over.

What you should bring with you

On inital assessment patients should bring a detailed list of current medication. We also ask that a urine sample is brought to clinic with new patients although if this is difficult this can be done on site.

 

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and our "Local Offer"

What is the Local Offer?

The local offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. You can find out more about information about this on our SEND reforms and Local Offers page.

Service Description

Telford Community Rheumatology is an element of The Telford Musculoskeltal Service offering specialist care to a variety of patients that require further care for some specialist health problems but do not require hospital treatment. Patients will be seen by either Consultants, specialist health care professionals or GPs with special interest in each specialty.

What do you provide to children and young people with an additional need and or disability 0-25yrs?

We see patients 18 years and over, transition clinics are run together with Paediatricians from the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital throughout the year.

Who can use our service? Age? Disability?

New patients can be referred into the service by GPs via referral through Choose and Book.

When and where is our service available?

Please see our "Where are we?" section (right-hand column) for the active list of clinic locations.

How can families contact the service?

Please see our "Contact us" section on this page (right-hand column).

For external agencies: is the service free or charged?

Free

Is the service accredited? If so, by whom?

Care Quality Commission

How can families complain if they are not happy with the service?

All complaints are handled by our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) and Complaints teams.

 

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