Rheumatology is a medical specialty dealing with diseases of the musculoskeletal system, in particular:
- inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis)
- systemic auto-immune diseases (eg systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome and vasculitis)
In addition Rheumatologists provide a diagnostic and advisory service for people with other musculoskeletal conditions.
The Rheumatology service 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.