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"I was a patient on Ward 19 (Freeman) and want you to know that each and every one of the staff were amazing - the care and attention that I received was 100% plus!" Mrs ES

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ankylosing spondylitis

A long-term condition affecting the spine. Ankylosing means inflammation and spondylitis means inflexibility of a joint so it cannot bend.  Find out more about this condition at NHS Choices.

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Musculoskeletal Services


Rheumatology covers the diagnosis, care and treatment of a wide range of conditions which affect the joints and surrounding tissues. 

This includes arthritis, connective tissue and autoimmune disease, all long-term conditions which can severely impair mobility and movement if left untreated.

“The Newcastle unit now has one of the most research-active units in the UK and is internationally competitive... Overall, this is a very strong unit with clinical staff of high calibre working in a strong and well-led Trust.” - quote from the the most recent British Society for Rheumatology and British Health Professionals in Rheumatology Peer Review Scheme.

Dedicated to care

Our experienced clinicians are committed to improving the lives of those affected by these conditions. 

No matter where you live, you can choose to receive your care at Newcastle Hospitals. We run an extensive range of specialist outpatient clinics to closely monitor your progress, which include:

Pioneering patient care

We are one of the leaders nationally in the field of arthritis. One of our Clinical Nurse Specialists has set up a unique Early Arthritis Clinic for patients showing early signs of the disease.  We have also set up a Metabolic Bone Disease service with access to highly sophisticated bone density scanners to aid rapid diagnosis of osteoporosis (fragile bones) and plan your treatment. We also run the North East’s very first “transitional care clinic” for our younger patients as they transfer across from the Paediatric Rheumatology Service.

Clinical research is a high priority and our clinicians are dedicated to accelerating the positive impact of research and best practice, to ensure you receive excellent, patient-centred care at all times. 

More information

For more information about our Rheumatology Service, contact:

  • Directorate Manager
  • Tel: 0191 213 7885
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