The department also provides an open access bone densitometry service.
The department has links with the local primary care musculoskeletal service and the staff work closely with GPs and practice nurses in the area.
The department at James Cook runs daily outpatient clinics, in addition to other clinics in East Cleveland, Guisborough, Redcar, Whitby and Bishop Auckland.
We also have specialised nurse led clinics where disease modifying drug monitoring and education, information support and counselling are provided for patients.
The outpatient clinical nurse specialist also runs her own outpatient clinic, as well as supporting the clinics held in other hospitals.
The department has its own biologics nurse providing an assessment and monitoring service to patients requiring biologic treatments.
There is a weekly injection clinic for patients requiring joint injections in between their usual follow-up appointments.
Contacting the department
The department has its own telephone advice line which provides advice to patients, nursing and medical practitioners – 01642 854756.
Allied health professionals
The physiotherapy and occupational therapy services include a well equipped physiotherapy unit and comprehensive assessment kitchen and specialist splinting facility.
There is a foot assessment service with support from a wide range of clinical specialties.
The department has a strong ethos of education for both staff and patients. Group education sessions are provided on a regular basis for patients with various conditions.
As well as consultant staff, other doctors working in the department include a registrar, junior doctors and GP registrars in training, and GP clinical assistants.
The department has good working relationships with local universities including Durham and Teesside. Members of the department have research interests in inflammatory joint disease and osteology.
There is a strong interest in musculo-skeletal research crossing orthopaedic and rheumatological boundaries linking with Teesside University.
Members of the department are all actively involved in teaching and research, and we have a dedicated research nurse.