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The Rheumatology Department is based in a dedicated clinic suite in Laidlaw Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Unit. The nurses and doctors work as part of a multidisciplinary team, supported by colleagues in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthotics and podiatry. The Rheumatology department offers a comprehensive range of treatments and also coordinates the island bone densitometry (DEXA) scanning service. We also work closely with GP colleagues to monitor treatments in stable patients via agreed shared-care protocols.

We aim to see all new outpatients within 12 weeks from referral, with a plan to see patients with new inflammatory arthritis within 3 weeks. The department has strong links with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (for paediatric rheumatology referrals and for the management of complex diseases) and Queen Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Portsmouth (for the management of renal (kidney) disease).


We offer diagnostic and treatment services in the following clinical settings:

    • Ankylosing spondylitis / spondyloarthritis
    • Back pain (due to inflammatory or osteoporotic disease only)
    • Bursitis
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (diagnosis only)
    • Connective tissue diseases (such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma & myositis for example)
    • Crystal arthritis (complicated gout or pseudogout)
    • Inflammatory Arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis, sero-negative arthritis and psoriatic arthritis)
    • Joint hypermobility syndrome
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Paget's disease of bone
    • Polymyalgia rheumatica (atypical or refractory disease)
    • Tendonitis
    • Vasculitis

Consultants and Nursing Staff

Professor Mark Pugh, Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Stuart Linton, Consultant Rheumatologist

Miss Mary Millard, Rheumatology Team Leader (Telephone: 01983 822099 Ext: 4909)

Jayne Kershaw, Rheumatology Specialist Sister

Caroline Sunderland, Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist Sister

Carolyn Goddard, Anti-TNF Nurse Specialist

Contact Us
Rheumatology helpline: 01983 552218

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