Who are we?

Rheumatology is a medical speciality that cares for a wide range of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. It is used to describe painful conditions of the joints, muscles and surrounding soft tissues.

We look after patients with Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Connective tissue diseases such as Lupus, Systemic sclerosis or Vasculitis. We also see patients with soft tissue rheumatic complaints and fibromyalgia, although a lot of these conditions are now managed in GP practices.

Many of the conditions treated are linked with the immune system attacking different body tissues.

The Team

The Rheumatology Department is located on Level 1 (off Clinic 6) in Kingsmill hospital.


  • Head of Service: Dr Anindya Gupta
  • Dr Ken Lim 
  • Professor David Walsh
  • Dr Clare Wilkinson
  • Dr Nav Sathi
  • Dr Azhar Abbas
  • Dr Salamet Ali
  • Registrar: Rotational 

Nurse specialists:

  • Lead: Anne Mee
  • Emily Marsh
  • Sharon Turner

Rheumatology Research Team:

  • Debbie Wilson
  • Philip Buckley
  • Rodger Hill

Other Specialist rheumatology staff:

  • Pharmacist: Ahmed El-Mehdi Gueffaf
  • Physiotherapist: Helen Burrows
  • Occupational Therapists: Phil Avery, Charlotte Brooks, Rachel Murphy
  • Nurse Administration Support: Claire Mee

What do we offer?

The Rheumatology Service is predominately outpatient based. Clinics are held either in Clinic 1, Kingsmill Hospital or Outpatient Department, Newark Hospital.

The rheumatology department offers the following clinics:

  • Daily consultant or nurse specialist appointments
  • Nurse-led blood monitoring 
  • Paediatric rheumatology
  • Pharmacist-led medication screening 
  • Physiotherapist-led steroid joint injections
  • Skin diseases in rheumatology 

We also provide Daycase treatments, including:

  • Biologic and immunosuppressive infusion therapy
  • Fibromyalgia Programme 
  • Joint aspirations and injections
  • Soft tissue injections

We offer specialist advice to inpatients as well as GP's. However, we do not provide an out of hour service. Our dedicated rheumatology occupational therapists and research team can also be accessed through the department.