The role of the Rheumatology Nurse Specialist is to support the patient and offer advice and education throughout management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders.  In order to provide additional information and advice we run a dedicated nurse advice line for Rheumatology patients and their primary care clinicians.  This is a messaging service for non-urgent clinical queries.  All administrative queries should be directed to the Rheumatology secretarial staff. 

Rheumatology Advice Line: 01283 566333 ext 4112 Bleep 274 

All nurses are accessed on the above advice line number: 

Julie Leggett         Rheumatology Nurse Specialist 

Denise Tilley         Systemic Disease Nurse Specialist 

Jane Whitmore     Rheumatology Biologics Nurse Specialist


Queens Hospital Foundation Trust / Thomas Davies House

Out Patient Department reception A

Medical Day Case Unit & Ward 7

Day Treatment Centre

About our Service 

  • Patient education: Assessing individual needs and providing education to enable patients to learn about self-management of symptoms including pain, stiffness and fatigue.  This process can involve family members.
  • Supporting patients at time of diagnosis and providing ongoing psychological support.
  • Drug counselling and monitoring: This involves providing information on the benefits and potential side effects of treatment, enabling patients to have informed choice regarding their care.
  • Co-ordinating care: The individual assessment of the patient's physical, psychological and social needs may identify that the patient would benefit from expertise of another member of the team e.g. occupational therapist to assist with activities of daily living.
  • Running a telephone advice line: This provides patients and health professionals with access to an expert nurse who can provide advice of all aspects of care.
  • Assessment, administration and ongoing management of patients receiving drugs such as non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) , disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS), biologic drugs such as anti-TNF a and cytotoxic therapy and occasionally steroids.  Many patients will be on a combination of these drugs. 
  • Running nurse-led clinics for patients with inflammatory arthritis and systemic disease. This involves assessing the effectiveness of current management plan, changing treatment where indicated and providing ongoing education and psychological support.

 How to obtain an appointment

Appointments are initially requested/organised via doctor clinics; appointments thereafter are negotiated and booked via individual nurse clinic visits. 

Additional or urgent appointments can be negotiated via the Nurse Advice Line.



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