The Rheumatology service is one of the many departments that look after patients with musculoskeletal problems and focus predominantly on inflammatory arthritis where there is inflammation in joints, around joints, in muscles and in blood vessels.
Referral is via GP following our referral protocols. Patients are unable to refer themselves as new patients. Many conditions can be managed in primary care by your GP practice with advice given from the Rheumatology department. This ensures that you are following the correct pathway.
The rheumatology email and telephone advice line is set up as a telephone answer service or email inbox. Currently the nurses will endeavour to respond within 7 days and as such it is not an emergency service – you should contact 111 or your GP as appropriate for medical emergencies.
Examples of when to contact us:
- If you experience any side effects to your rheumatology medications
- If you require advice on any aspect of your rheumatology medications
- Informing us of a flare that has not responded to the “managing a flare” section
- Informing us that a benzbromarone or apremilast prescription is due
Please leave details of your name, date of birth and contact details with a short message regarding the issue. If you have your CHI number that would be a bonus.
Phone: 01324 566934
Please use the telephone numbers below rather than the advice line when appropriate
- Changing a scheduled appointment in clinic – visit the NHS Forth Valley appointments page
- Changing an arranged appointment at the Day Medicine Unit- Day Medicine Unit (01324 66578)
- Changing an appointment at the Falkirk Phlebotomy Hub (01324 616155)
- Occupational therapy: firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I expect from my appointment?
At the current time, appointments are offered via video calls using Near Me, or via telephone consultations to limit the spread of infectious diseases. Out patient appointments are also available if required.
Assessments will last approximately 1 hour and will consider functional difficulties you may be having in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.