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The Rheumatology team provide a comprehensive range of general and specialist rheumatology clinical services to the population of York and North Yorkshire for patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal health problems.
This involves inpatient hospital care at York or Scarborough hospitals and outpatient clinics at York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Malton and Selby hospitals.
Our team is made up of staff from different specialist backgrounds who work together to deliver the best possible care for patients.
We see patients with varying musculoskeletal problems, primarily managing patients with inflammatory arthritis. Initially a member of the team will discuss your symptoms with you, determine how they affect your day to day activities and examine your joints.
Briefly these conditions include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Connective Tissue Diseases such as lupus
We also have musculoskeletal ultrasound assessment for diagnosing early inflammatory arthritis.
Home delivery of medications: potential scam alert
We have been alerted to a scam which involves those getting medications delivered to their home.
Patients have reported receiving calls or texts requesting bank details to pay for their deliveries. Please do not give out any bank details, this service and your medication is provided for free. If you do receive a call or text requesting bank details, please alert your home care provider so they can investigate.
We hold regular clinics including joint injection clinics and intra-muscular steroid injection clinics at our outpatient departments in York, Scarborough, Bridlington, Malton and Selby hospitals.
Our team contacted via switchboard for any specific queries not directly relating to outpatient appointments (which should be raised via the main hospital appointments office).
York Hospital, Wigginton Road, York, YO31 8HE
Telephone: (01904) 631313
Scarborough Hospital, Woodlands Drive, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6QL
Telephone: (01723) 368111
Bridlington Hospital, Bessingby Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO16 4QP
Telephone: (01262) 606666
Malton Hospital, Middlecave Road, Malton, YO17 7NG
Telephone: (01653) 693041
Selby Hospital, Doncaster Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9BX
Telephone: (01904) 724300
Support and advice about your condition or treatment
If you need support and advice about your condition and treatment including medication queries, contact the rheumatology advice line:
York: 01904 721854, between 9:00am-1:00pm
Scarborough: 01723 385058
Please leave a message with your name, date of birth, telephone number and NHS number and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Please note the rheumatology advice service is not an emergency service.
If you require urgent medical advice you should consider contacting your GP surgery or NHS 111, and in life threatening circumstances please call 999.
If your medication is prescribed by your GP please speak to them in the first instance with any enquires relating to prescriptions and blood monitoring.
When to use the rheumatology advice service:
- If you have a ‘flare’ of your arthritis that has not improved using self-help measures.
- If you are experiencing side-effects to your medication and it is prescribed by the rheumatology team.
- If you are going to run out of your rheumatology medication before your next rheumatology appointment and it is prescribed by the rheumatology team.
- If you are going to run out of your rheumatology medication and your Homecare Company have advised a further prescription is required from the rheumatology team.
If your query is relating to an appointment booking please contact Outpatient Contact Centre: 01904 726400.
Resources for rheumatology patients and pregnancy
Below is a list of resources with information about fertility, pregnancy and medications for Rheumatology patients.
- Arthur's Place
- The Breastfeeding Network
- bumps - best use of medicines in pregnancy
- National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)
- British Society for Rheumatology
- Versus Arthritis
Social prescribers connect people to resources, help and activities in their community to support health wellbeing and inclusion. This may include signposting to groups for exercises, coffee mornings etc. They can help people purchase things to help with their wellbeing, to do activities independently, eg art supplies.
The social prescriber can go with people to the groups initially if they lack confidence and need support to make the first steps.
The social prescriber may be medically trained they are not offering a medical role.
York Patients: self-referral 01904 437911. It is an answer phone so please leave a message with contact details.
Scarborough & Ryedale: referral via GP.
East Riding: 0800 9177752 or email email@example.com
How does the advice service work?
York advice line - as a pilot scheme this line is being answered between the hours of 9:00am – 1:00pm, Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays). We will ask for:
- Your full name and hospital number or date of birth
- Your contact telephone number
- The reason for your call
Scarborough advice line: 01723 385058, please leave a message with your name, date of birth, telephone number and NHS number and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
For illnesses that are not life threatening you should first contact your GP surgery. Outside of normal surgery hours you will be directed to an out-of-hours service. During out-of-hours periods you can also call NHS 111.
If it is not an immediate emergency call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can provide medical advice and also advise you on the best local services to offer the care you need, simply call 111. You should contact NHS 111 when your GP surgery is closed and you’re not sure what service you need.
Pharmacists can also provide advice and over the counter medicines for a whole range of problems. To find a pharmacy near you visit www.nhs.uk.
Patient information leaflets
Information leaflets on specific conditions, treatment and management are available to order or download at: https://www.versusarthritis.org/order-our-information
- Rheumatology outpatient clinics
- What to expect when you attend the rheumatology clinic
- Rheumatology specialist nurse team
- Occupational therapy
- Pregnancy and parenthood
- What to expect when you attend the Medical Elective Suite
- Research studies
- Shared care guidelines
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Homecare contact details
- Local support groups
- Patients Know Best
If you need advice about your condition and treatment including medication queries, contact the rheumatology advice line:
- York: 01904 721854
- Scarborough: 01723 385058
Leave a message with your name, date of birth, telephone number and NHS number and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Patients Know Best (PKB)
Register with the Rheumatology PKB site to access a Flare Care Plan, to monitor your symptoms and receive guidance on managing your condition with a wealth of information available at any time.