The department is located across the three sites and is a nationally and internationally renowned centre for research, focusing on cardiovascular aspects of inflammatory rheumatic disease.

Outpatient services are provided on all three sites with day case facilities and services provided at Russells Hall Hospital. The service is multi-disciplinary with dedicated physiotherapy, occupational therapy, chiropody, orthotic and psychology sessions, supporting the medical and specialist nursing teams.

The service covers the full range of adult rheumatological conditions, from osteaoarthritis and soft tissue rheumatism to inflammatory arthritis and the complex systemic disorders such as connective tissue diseases and vasculitis. Osteoporosis assessment by DEXA and an osteoporosis clinic is held at Corbett Outpatient Centre.

The rheumatology team aims to work closely with the community and primary care settings to provide shared care for chronic arthritic patients. In addition to routine clinics, we also hold a large number of specialist clinics and combined clinics:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus/CTD
  • Vasculitis
  • Sero-negative arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diagnostic and interventional ultrasound in rheumatology
  • Dedicated ankle, foot, shoulder/elbow, hip and knee clinics (with orthopaedic colleagues)
  • With our medical and other colleagues (i.e. cardiology, chest medicine, renal medicine, sjogren’s syndrome


Useful links

All Wales Audit on the Management of Adults with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) 2019

Please click here for the All Wales Lupus Audit Patient Questionnaire. 

Please click here for the All Wales Lupus Audit Unit Questionnaire.

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Key staff

Patient information leaflets

Useful information

This service is available at:
  • Russells Hall Hospital
Where to find us
  • Clinical Research Unit, North Wing, Russells Hall Hospital
Telephone numbers
  • Station 1 (01384 456111 Ext 2136)
  • Station 2 (01384 456111 Ext 3376 or 1765)
  • Station 3 (01384 456111 Ext 3127)
  • Station 4 (01384 456111 Ext 3152)

Service details

Clinical directorate
  • Ambulatory and Community Care
Management team
  • Dr Jeff Neilson
    Clinical director
  • Dr Nicola Erb
    Medical service head
Nursing leads
  • Julie Walklate
  • Stephanie Mole
    Lead nurse
  • Sharon Petford
    Lead nurse