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Rheumatology at Scarborough

The Scarborough Hospital rheumatology department offers consultation for diagnosis and management of various rheumatic conditions, both general and specialist. There are 3 consultants based within Scarborough, Bridlington and Malton Community Hospitals and a team of specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists.

We share a close working relationship with the rheumatology team at York Hospital.

We see patients with varying musculoskeletal problems, primarily managing patients with inflammatory arthritis.

Briefly these conditions include:-

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Other Spondylorthropathies
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Osteoporosis (monthly)
  • Joint injection Clinics (weekly)

We also have musculoskeletal ultrasound assessment for patients in diagnosing early inflammatory arthritis.

A medical day unit is available on site for day procedures and treatment such as infusion for medications (IV bisphosphonate, IV biological therapies).

Specialist nurses clinics are run regularly for assessment of patients, counselling for disease modifying drugs, training for use of subcutaneous medications (methotrexate). The specialist nurses also operate a helpline service for patients and GPs and work closely with the medical and allied health care team in managing our patients. Multi-disciplinary team meetings are held weekly.

We look after inpatients with specific rheumatological conditions or complications often with close collaboration with our physician colleagues.

Our Rheumatology Services are provided at:

You can read more about the Rheumatology Team at York Hospital here.

Where to find us

Clinics are run at the main outpatients A & B.

Haworth Unit houses the day procedure medical unit, musculoskeletal ultrasound, joint injection clinics and DEXA scanner.

Lawrence Unit is a similar day procedure area at Bridlington Hospital.

Who to contact

Ourt team of secretaries can be contacted via switchboard for any specific queries not directly relating to outpatient appointments (which should be raised via the main hospital appointments office). Phone numbers can also be found here.

Further information

You may visit your GP if you have musculoskeletal or joint complaints/symptoms and depending on their assessment you may be referred to us for an opinion.

We also see patients from referral by other specialties.

At your first appointment, you will see one of the three consultants here in a ‘general’ clinic. You will usually undergo blood tests and possibly x-rays if needed. We advice you to bring a fresh urine sample if on your first visit.

Following your first assessment you may be discharged back to your GP with a diagnosis and management plan or you may be offered further appointments with a member of the rheumatology team.

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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.