Our approach to care in rheumatology is patient centred; we value a multi-disciplinary approach and work closely with therapy services including physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Our rheumataology services is provided from Sunderland Royal Hospital, with joint clinics carried out for conditions such as osteoporosis and ultra-sound imaging in inflammatory arthritis.We also have joint injection/soft tissue clinics carried out by our physiotherapists and several specialist nurse clinics for early arthritis education, biologics medicines and osteoporosis.

Contact us

  • Monitoring nurse helpline 0191 5699600 (This is an answerphone service; we aim to reply to your message within 24 hours)
  • Specialist nurse helpline 0191 5699614 (This is an answerphone service; we aim to reply to your message within 24 hours)
  • Rheumatology ward B28 0191 5699728

Finding us


Inpatient care is provided at Sunderland Royal Hospital, Ward B28, B level.


The rheumatology outpatient department is located within the Chester Wing outpatient department, Area 5 at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Clinics are also held at the Galleries Health Centre, Washington, and Monkwearmouth Hospital.

Our team

Divisional General Manager - Angela Wadmore
Directorate Manager - Rob Parnaby
Clinical Director - Dr Scott Marshall
Matron - Miriam Davison
Clinical Lead - Dr Graham Raftery
Rheumatology/Osteoporosis Specialist Nurse/Department Manager - Louise West
Rheumatology Biologics Specialist Nurse - Lesley Duffell
Rheumatology Specialist Nurse (Early Arthritis) - Kirsty Lewis