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 ‘biologics’ 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 6 at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which we share with gastroenterology and renal medicine.

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 generally within 24-48 hours of them or their GP making contact, usually via the rheumatology advice line or system one (GPs). We also have an excellent dedicated physiotherapy, occupational and hydrotherapy service. And we offer an advice line service for patients, GP’s and carers.

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.

When ringing, please state:

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

The advice line is a direct line to a specialist nurse and is available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9-11am, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1.30 -3pm.  These are standard times. There may be occasions when they may not apply. Any changes will be advertised on our voice mail message. If the line is engaged please try again. There is no answerphone.

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

Telephone
To contact us for appointment queries please call 01274 274274.

Opening times

Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00

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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 Philip Helliwell Consultant Rheumatologist
(Tuesday and Thursday)
General rheumatology, early arthritis, any inflammatory arthritis especially spondyloarthritidies (PsA and AS), biomechanical and foot disorders, sports medicine and Paget’s disease.
Dr Helen MacIver Consultant Rheumatologist/Rheumatology Specialty Lead General rheumatology, early arthritis, any inflammatory arthritis including spondyloarthritidies, connective tissue disorders and inherited connective tissue disease (i.e. hypermobility), musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Dr Wendy Shingler Consultant Rheumatologist/Clinical Governance Lead General rheumatology
Dr Zoe Ash Consultant Rheumatologist  General rheumatology
Alan Pollard Senior Nurse Specialist General rheumatology
Sarah Redfern-Riley Senior Nurse Specialist
(Only Tuesdays)
General rheumatology
Samantha Johns Senior Nurse Specialist General rheumatology
Catherine Short Nurse Specialist General rheumatology
Lynsey Hall Nurse Specialist General rheumatology
Suzanne Mitchell Sister on Day Case Unit General rheumatology
Bev English Research Nurse General rheumatology
Janet Curran Research Nurse General rheumatology
Pauline Oldfield Secretary to Dr Helliwell and Dr MacIver Tel: 01274 365227
Linda Harris Secretary Tel: 01274 365389
Kathy Evans Secretary for Nurse Specalists Tel: 01274 365198
Jennifer Rushton Support Secretary
Teresa Sebastian Support Secretary
Manju Mistry General Support Clerk
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