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What we do

The Rheumatology Team at York Hospital 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 in-patient hospital care at York Hospital and out-patient clinics at York and Selby Hospitals delivered by all members of our multidisciplinary team.

The Rheumatology Team comprises members from different specialist backgrounds who work together to deliver the best possible care for our patients.

The Consultant has overall responsibility for assessing and managing your rheumatology care. This couldn't be done without out the help of the wider multidisciplinary team. Within the medical team are junior doctors, including a Specialist Trainee and Core Medical Trainee in Rheumatology, who may conduct your consultation or administer treatment, under the supervision of the consultant.

The Specialist Nurses provide a key role in assessing and monitoring patients on a range of drug therapies as well as providing expert advice and information on all aspects of musculoskeletal health. They are also the first point of contact via our Rheumatology telephone advice line and email service.

You may be referred for assessment and treatment by other members of the Rheumatology Team including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry. We also run joint injection clinics and assess patients and administer a range of day-case treatments on the Medical Elective Suite at York Hospital.

Other important members of the department include our rheumatology pharmacist, secretarial, administrative and research staff.

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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 https://bit.ly/39ANleP


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.