Rheumatology is a medical specialty dealing with diseases of the musculoskeletal system, in particular inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis) and systemic auto-immune diseases (e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome and vasculitis).
Rheumatologists also provide a diagnostic and advisory service for people with other musculoskeletal conditions.
The rheumatology clinic at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is a tertiary service supporting orthopaedic and other services. Local GPs who wish to make a rheumatology referral for their patients can do so directly to the Rheumatology Department at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.