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London Bridge Hospital

London Rheumatology Centre

London Bridge Hospital

Consultant-led, world-class centre providing effective diagnosis and treatment of all rheumatic conditions

Appointments & Enquiries

020 7407 3100

1st Floor, St. Olaf House

27 Tooley Street

London  SE1 2PR

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About the London Rheumatology Centre

The London Rheumatology Centre at London Bridge Hospital specialises in diagnosing and treating diseases affecting the joints and connective tissue, including arthritis and many autoimmune diseases. We treat patients with rheumatic disease from all over the world, and we also have a centre dedicated to treating lupus and Hughes’ Syndrome.


Patients have access to London Bridge Hospital’s fully-equipped physiotherapy department, X-ray and MRI services which ensures patient care is seamless and easily accessible. In addition to our outpatient services, we provide full inpatient care if needing to be admitted to hospital for further treatment.

Our team of five internationally renowned consultant rheumatologists treat all rheumatic conditions. And we work closely with 23 orthopaedic surgeons, the physiotherapy team and sports medicine specialists where appropriate, across a wide range of rheumatic conditions including:

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    Rheumatoid arthritis

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    Psoriatic arthritis

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    Ankylosing spondylitis

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    Osteoarthritis

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    Infective arthritis

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    Seronegative arthritis

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    Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE)

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    Hughes’ Syndrome

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    Rheumatic fever

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    Scleroderma

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    Dermatomyositis and polymyositis

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    Sjogren’s syndrome

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    Vasculitis

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    Polymyalgia rheumatica

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    Giant cell arteritis

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    Wegeners granulomatosis

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    Churg-strauss

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    Osteoporosis

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    Paget’s disease

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    Gout

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    Pseudogout

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    Tennis elbow

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    Golfer’s elbow

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    Tendonitis

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    Carpal tunnel syndrome

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    Fibromyalgia

The London Rheumatology Centre team

London Bridge Hospital is proud to be one of the largest private hospitals in the UK specialising in treatment for rheumatic diseases and conditions. Many of our consultants have international reputations for their pioneering work, including Professor Graham Hughes, a world leader in his field who is regularly published in influential medical journals.


Our team of five consultant rheumatologists have wide experience in the management of rheumatic diseases, as well as in research and lecturing, both nationally and internationally. All trained under Professor Hughes at St Thomas’ Hospital, and now hold teaching posts at leading hospitals.

Our consultants

Professor-Simon-Bowman

Mr Simon Bowman

Consultant Rheumatologist

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Mr Toby Garrood

Consultant Rheumatologist

Arvind Kaul

Mr Arvind Kaul

Consultant Rheumatologist

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Mr Colin Tench

Consultant Rheumatologist

Graham Hughes

Mr Graham Hughes

Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Maria Bickerstaff

Consultant Rheumatologist

The conditions we treat

Rheumatoid arthritis

Consultants at the London Rheumatology Centre specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. All treatment options are available from over-the-counter painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to surgery for severe cases.

Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a rare inflammatory disease which involves inflammation of the blood vessels and affects about 2-3000 new people each year in the UK. If you have the condition, your immune system attacks healthy blood vessels, causing them to become swollen and narrow. Our consultants have expertise and experience treating many types of vasculitis. Options include: steroid tablets, immunoglobulin injections, immunosuppressive drugs, new biologics treatments and plasma exchange.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is a long-term, autoimmune condition that affects parts of the body that produce fluids such as tears and saliva. It can also have an impact on other parts of the body, such as nerves and joints. There is no cure for Sjogren’s Syndrome, but our consultants can help alleviate the symptoms with various treatment options including: lubricating eye drops, saliva sprays, lozenges and gels, hormone replacement therapy and anti-inflammatory painkillers.

Lupus

Within the London Rheumatology Centre, we have a dedicated, specialist practice, the London Lupus Centre which has a long-established, international reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of lupus. There is currently no cure for lupus, but careful monitoring of the disease and a treatment programme with specific medication adjusted to the needs of the patient enables the condition to be controlled. Most patients are now able to live a normal lifespan. Medication options include: anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), anticoagulation treatments, steroids and immunosuppressants.
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Comprehensive diagnostics and imaging

There are many different types of rheumatic and arthritic conditions affecting joints, bones, muscles and tendons. Our consultant rheumatologists cover the full range of conditions from knee or hip pain to chronic, long-term conditions such as: spondylitis, rheumatoid and metabolic bone disease. All investigations for such conditions can be carried out within London Bridge Hospital’s state of the art imaging department.

Caring for our patients

The comprehensive care you will receive covers all needs for both outpatients and inpatients. We are committed to delivering bespoke care, sensitive to any specialist requirements or cultural needs. Our Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) support patients throughout their healthcare journey. Alongside in-depth medical knowledge, they offer a huge amount of support for our patients and their families.

A wider multidisciplinary team

Our team of five rheumatologists are all teaching hospital consultants with wide experience in the management of rheumatic diseases, as well as in research and lecturing, both nationally and internationally.

Our location

1st Floor, St. Olaf House

27 Tooley Street

London SE1 2PR

Contact Us

The London Rheumatology Centre is situated in London Bridge Hospital.

020 7234 2155
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