The service has cancelled face-to-face consultations until further notice.
Please do not attend appointments unless asked specifically to do so. This applies to all rheumatology, musculoskeletal and osteoporosis service appointments.
Please do not stop your rheumatology drugs (e.g. biologics) without advice. If you have a blood monitoring appointment please only attend at the appointment time specified.
Where it is safe to do so, the frequency of your blood monitoring may be reduced.
The service is experiencing a high volume of calls to its helpline so responses may be delayed.
The Rheumatology Centre at the Haywood Hospital currently welcomes patients from North Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. The catchment area has a population of over 500,000 patients.
The centre deals with the investigation, diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions many of which are chronic conditions which require lifelong treatment.
The Haywood Hospital is pioneering in many different aspects of rheumatology, the first community rheumatologist was appointed here and the first development of a computerised drug monitoring system was at the Haywood Hospital.
The Rheumatology Centre also has an active research team, known nationally and internationally for its work.