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RheumatologyClinical services

Paediatric and adolescent

Musculoskeletal and rheumatological conditions are a significant cause of disability in children and adolescents. They can affect all areas of patients’ lives and those of their families. Appropriate diagnosis and early intervention is crucial in reducing the short- and long-term effects.

At our hospital we offer dedicated paediatric and adolescent rheumatology services. We aim to maintain the function and independence of any child or adolescent with rheumatic disease and musculoskeletal problems by reducing disease activity, helping to prevent any disability, and supporting them to achieve their full potential socially, educationally and psychologically.

Why choose us?

Our multidisciplinary team is led by consultant paediatric rheumatologist, Dr A.V. Ramanan and includes a paediatric nurse, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and clinical psychologists. Together they have the experience and expertise to help even the most complex cases, working with the young person and their family to help them manage their condition.

As a result of our expertise, we have become one of the accredited centres for training in paediatric rheumatology nationally. Dr Ramanan and our specialist paediatric rheumatology nurse, Sister Helen Strike, are both active members of the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology (BSPAR).

What we offer

We provide diagnosis and management of rheumatic conditions and musculoskeletal problems in children and adolescents, which include:

  • juvenile arthritis
  • mechanical joint pain
  • hypermobility syndrome
  • juvenile onset lupus
  • dermatomyositis
  • periodic fevers
  • rare forms of paediatric vasculitis.

We offer:

  • a full range of specialist assessment and outpatient treatment programmes for children and adolescents
  • reassessment and recommendations for on-going treatment and rehabilitation
  • expertise in case management and outreach consultations to support local teams, the family and schools
  • management of common and specialised musculoskeletal and soft tissue conditions
  • management of acute and long-term musculoskeletal and rheumatological conditions
  • prevention and management of osteoporosis in children.

How to access our service

We are able to see young children and adolescents from any age up to 18 years. We can accept referrals locally, nationally and internationally.

Hospital consultants, GPs or case managers can refer patients. We can accept initial referrals and enquiries over the phone, but a formal referral in writing or via Choose and Book is also required.

If you would like any further information on referrals or general information about our services, please contact:

Liz Williams, medical secretarial supervisor, tel 01225 473 443 or email liz.williams@rnhrd.nhs.uk

 

Proposed Service Relocation - Have your Say
We're planning to relocate the RNHRD Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology service from its current location on the Mineral Hospital site. Subject to appropriate engagement, one proposal is to relocate the service to the dedicated Children's Unit at the RUH's Combe Park site in 2016.  Find out more here