Who Are We

Rheumatology are a division within the Musculoskeletal Service of the Trust and are principally based at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. The Rheumatic Diseases Unit is a joint University/NHS academic and clinical unit and is the major referral centre for patients with rheumatic diseases in South East Scotland.

There are 12 beds for patients with rheumatic diseases and a Day Bed Unit. The Unit also runs a very busy Outpatient service. The Unit sees 1,800 new patients and 5,000 review patients annually at the Western General. Further outpatient clinics are held at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, St John's Hospital, Livingston, and Roodlands Hospital, Haddington. The Unit works closely with the Arthritis Surgery Unit of the New Royal Infirmary where combined orthopaedic/rheumatology clinics are conducted.

The Unit is also responsible for the provision of the Lothian Osteoporosis Service, a clinical facility available for referral by G.P's. The Lothian Osteoporosis service provides bone densitometry and clinical care for patients who have suffered a fragility fracture and an open access bone densitometry service for primary care within Lothian.

Last Reviewed: 01/06/2011