Our work and routine is all outpatients based and we work within Suites 1, 3 and 4.
There are Consultants and Nurse clinics and these run on each day of the week Monday-Friday either am or pm.
The team at present consists of the following members:
Dr Kevin Fairburn
Dr Rengi Mathew
Linda Longmore Matron/clinical Nurse Specialist
Hannah Harrison Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner
Julianna Webber Fracture Fragility/Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner
Angela Lawrence Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner.
Specialist Registrar on yearly rotation
Sharon Wood - Physiotherapist
Shelia Dowker - Occupational Therapist
Abigail Shaw - Podiatrist
Patients seen within the nurse clinics are mainly patients with inflammatory arthritis.
Within the clinic environment the nurse will discuss the following:-
Explanation about the clinical diagnosis and what the management will be.
Discussion and explanation about any investigations/tests undertaken
Counselling with regard to any medication that is to be commenced, this will include any potential side effects, blood tests and regime/dose etc. During this time the patient will be encouraged to ask any questions or voice any concerns. The consultation is a partnership between the patient and the nurse to ensure the best and most effective outcome is achieved.
The nurse will issue the patient with relevant written information and documentation. And contact details for the nurse advice line.
A prescription will be issued and blood forms given with an appointment to return within 4-6 weeks to see the nurse again.
The following graphic represents the nursing procedures that will be encountered in this placement area, according to the Annexe B section of the Future Nurse: Standards of proficiency for registered nurses (2018).
Green: Encountered frequently/daily
Amber: Encountered occasionally/rarely
Red: Never encountered