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Rheumatology Service

Rheumatology Day Unit, Basildon University Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL

Opening times

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Telephone

01268 524900 ext 3397 / 8359 / 2267 / 2391
Rheumatology helpline - 01268 598461

Who the service is for

Adults with rheumatic conditions.

About the service

The Rheumatology Department offers assessment and treatment for rheumatic conditions including:

  • Inflammatory arthritis - rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and other inflammatory arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Connective tissue diseases - SLE (Lupus), Sjorgren's syndrome, systemic sclerosis, myositis, PMR, GCA and other vasculitis and auto-immune disorders
  • Metabolic bone disease – osteoporosis, male osteoporosis, young osteoporosis, eating disorders, Paget's disease and osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Regional musculoskeletal problems and Fibromyalgia

The service offers the following procedures:

    • diagnostic procedures such as muscle biopsies and lip biopsies
    • joint injections, including image guided injections for joints such as hip and Caudal epidural injection
    • intravenous treatments - biologics, cytotoxic, IV bisphosphonates
    • outpatient clinics for biologic screening, DMARD monitoring
    • electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) services (on specialist referral)
    • musculoskeletal ultrasound

Outpatient clinics are held at Basildon and Orsett Hospitals, and include:

    • early arthritis clinic
    • connective tissue diseases clinic
    • 'one stop' osteoporosis clinic, including DEXA scan
    • combined paediatrics/rheumatology clinic
    • musculoskeletal ultrasound
    • EMG clinic
    • injection clinics

The Rheumatology Department is involved in many research studies and patients may be offered the opportunity to participate if they are eligible.

 

Contact Us

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
  • Switchboard 01268 524900

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