What we do

We offer modern and timely assessment and management of patients with rheumatological disorders. We have extensive experience in the assessment and management of all rheumatological conditions, ranging from standard evidence-based care to the modern biologic treatments for complex or severely ill patients.

The term ‘biologic’ describes a diverse range of therapeutic products. These cutting edge therapies may be able to provide substantial improvements on the current treatments available in those who have an insufficient response to traditional treatments.

Most of our patients are assessed and managed in our outpatient clinics. For those with complex disease or who are more unwell we can offer assessment as an inpatient, usually on ward 9 at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

We also have a 12-bed day case unit based in the Horton wing at St Luke’s Hospital, where complex treatments are administered under the care of our highly trained and experienced nurses and doctors. We have a rapid access review facility allowing us to see follow-up patients. We also run one-to-two injection clinics per week on our day case unit. We have an excellent dedicated physiotherapy, occupational and hydrotherapy service. And we offer an advice line service for patients, GPs and carers.

We offer modern and timely assessment and management of patients with rheumatological disorders. We have extensive experience in the assessment and management of all rheumatological conditions, ranging from standard evidence-based care to the modern biologic treatments for complex or severely ill patients.

The term ‘biologic’ describes a diverse range of therapeutic products. These cutting edge therapies may be able to provide substantial improvements on the current treatments available in those who have an insufficient response to traditional treatments.

Most of our patients are assessed and managed in our outpatient clinics. For those with complex disease or who are more unwell we can offer assessment as an inpatient, usually on ward 9 at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

We also have a 12-bed day case unit based in the Horton wing at St Luke’s Hospital, where complex treatments are administered under the care of our highly trained and experienced nurses and doctors. We have a rapid access review facility allowing us to see follow-up patients. We also run one-to-two injection clinics per week on our day case unit. We have an excellent dedicated physiotherapy, occupational and hydrotherapy service. And we offer an advice line service for patients, GPs and carers.

Specialist services

Early arthritis service

We are proud to announce they we have launched an early arthritis service which streamlines patients with inflammatory arthritis and provides rapid access to a multidisciplinary clinic which may offer consultant assessment, ultrasound scans, drug counselling, education services and physiotherapy.

Osteoporosis service

We also work in collaboration with fracture liaison and the DEXA scanning department (A DEXA scan is a special type of X-ray that measures bone mineral density (BMD).) to provide DEXA reports to primary and secondary care teams across the region. We also provide specialist assessment for patients with complicated osteoporosis and bone disorders.

Connective tissue disease service

The department also cares for patients with complex connective tissue disease. We run a multidisciplinary clinic with other specialties which provides a high standard of care.

Contact us

The telephone advice line service is for patients already under our care, their GPs or other healthcare professionals. Advice is available regarding their disease, disease flares and medication. If necessary, an appointment to see a member of the Rheumatology team can be arranged.

GPs are encouraged to use the advice service via system one. For existing patients please send us a task, for new patients please use the e-consult pathway via system one. For urgent enquiries please contact the Rheumatology trainee (registrar) via switchboard on 01274 274274.

If you are a patient requiring urgent advice, please call switchboard on 01274 274274 between 8.30am and 5pm and ask for an appointment for a Rheumatology advice line telephone call back. You will receive an appointment period when the Rheumatology nurse specialists will call you back.

When ringing, please state:

  • Your full name
  • Your hospital number or NHS number or date of birth

Advice line call back times:

  • Monday 9am-11.30am
  • Tuesday 2pm-3.30-pm
  • Wednesday 9am-11.30am
  • Thursday 9am-11.30am
  • Friday 9am-11.30am

Calls to the rheumatology advice line are not appropriate in the case of:

  • A medical emergency (In case of a medical emergency please contact your GP, NHS 111 or A&E)
  • Request to change your appointment (If you wish to change your appointment please ring 01274 274274.)
  • Request for a repeat prescription (If you need a repeat prescription or more blood forms please ring 01274 36 5779.)

Appointment queries

To contact us for appointment queries please call 01274 274274.

The team

We are a dedicated group of highly trained, motivated and experienced doctors, nursing and specialist nursing staff, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, working as a multidisciplinary team.

As a team we constantly strive towards improving the services we provide for our patients. Wherever possible, we provide patients with the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision about their treatment. Questions are welcomed and encouraged.

  Job title Specialist interest
Dr Ahmed Zayat Consultant rheumatologist Rheumatology specialty lead, clinical governance lead, musculoskeletal ultrasound
Dr Sarah Twigg Consultant rheumatologist
(Tuesday-Friday)
General rheumatology
Dr Zoe Ash Consultant rheumatologist General rheumatology
Dr Kavitha Nadesalingham Consultant rheumatologist
(Monday-Thursday)
General rheumatology, osteoporosis service, education lead.
Dr Philip Helliwell Honorary consultant rheumatologist Research department lead, spondyloarthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Catherine Short Nurse specialist Specialist nurses lead, general rheumatology
Marilyn Tegon Senior nurse specialist General rheumatology
Majofille Fadrilan Nurse specialist General rheumatology
Ruth Outhwaite Nurse specialist General rheumatology
Suzanne Mitchell Senior sister (Daycase Unit/ward F4 General rheumatology
Sharon Smith Nurse specialist General rheumatology
Jane Hurford Day Unit ward clerk General rheumatology
Bev English Research nurse General rheumatology
Janet Curran Research nurse General rheumatology
Jeremy Roberts Research nurse General rheumatology
Pauline Oldfield Secretary to Dr Zayat Tel: 01274 365227
Linda Harris Secretary to Dr Twigg and Dr Ash Tel: 01274 365389
Kathy Evans Secretary for nursing team Tel: 01274 365198
Jennifer Rushton Secretary to Dr Nadesalingham Tel: 01274 363751
Beverly Loryman Support secretary
Manju Mistry General Support Clerk

Opening times

Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00

Useful links

Note for medical staff

Due to the introduction of EPR (electronic patient records) in September 2017, Rheumatology now records all patient medication and consultations on to EPR instead of SytmOne as per trust policy.

All DMARD medications are now prescribed from EPR meaning we no longer add this in medications on SystmOne; with the exception of certain injectable medications. Medications will continue to be recorded within patient clinic letters.

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