At this point in time NRAS would recommend that unless specifically told by your rheumatologist or specialist nurse to the contrary, that people continue to take their RA/JIA meds as prescribed. Influenza and pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for those who are immunosuppressed, so people with RA should receive the influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations. If you have not had your annual flu vaccine we would recommend you do so as soon as possible and this can be arranged via you GP or Pharmacist. The pneumococcal vaccine is one that is usually given every 5 years.
The virus is spread by contact with an infected person and through droplets expressed via coughs and sneezes. People with RA or JIA should always remain vigilant during the winter months when coughs, cold and flu are widespread. The sensible precautions you would normally take to avoid those illnesses are also recommended by WHO to protect against Coronavirus.
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Following a recent expansion, the rheumatology clinical staff now comprises of five Consultants, an Advance Nurse Practitioner and two Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Rheumatology is a multidisciplinary branch of medicine that deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. This incorporates over 200 disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues. This includes inflammatory arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, vasculitis, soft tissue conditions, spinal pain and metabolic bone disease. A significant number of musculoskeletal conditions also affect other organ systems.
In addition to the general Rheumatology Clinics we provide the following services.
Flare Clinics – For people with deteriorating inflammatory arthritis, we can offer appointments with a shorter waiting time to see a healthcare professional.
Dedicated advice line – The Nurse led advice line is an answerphone service whereby we will try to respond to your enquiry within 48 hours. Please have your six-digit hospital number (MRN) available when you call.
The advice line gives you the opportunity to:
Biologics Clinic – To improve care for people with unremitting diesease, a dedicated clinic to plan and monitor treatment with this highly effective group of drugs.
Early Arthritis Service – Providing early aggressive therapy to prevent disability and improve outcomes.
Multidisciplinary Input – Occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry.
Bone Health Service – A new clinic dedicated to Osteoporosis and associated conditions, along with reporting of bone density scans and providing advice on management to GPs.
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