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Referring to us


We're planning to relocate these services, currently provided from the Mineral Water Hospital site, to a purpose built RNHRD and Therapies Centre on the RUH's Combe Park site in 2019. The new Centre will bring together a number of outpatient services from the RUH and RNHRD which support patients to live independently in the community. Patients will continue to be seen and treated by the same team, only the location will change. Peripheral clinics will continue in the same location. Please see here for more information.


We provide a national service accepting referrals from throughout the UK. Our clinical services are available to patients with many types of rheumatic condition. 

Referrals can be made via Choose and Book, or in writing to the relevant rheumatology consultant or health professional listed below, at the hospital address: RNHRD NHS FT, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RL.

Ankylosing spondylitis

Dr Raj Sengupta, Consultant Rheumatologist.
Further information about the AS course can be obtained from Belinda Jones, As Course Administrator; Email  Tel 01225 473 416

Biologic Services

Referral to Biologic services is via the hospital consultants

Connective tissue diseases

Prof Neil McHugh
Consultant Rheumatologist
PA/Med Sec Liz Williams  email    tel:  01225 473458/463223   Fax  01225 473452    

Dr Ellie Korendowych
Consultant Rheumatologist
PA/Med sec Debra Morris email tel: 01225 473444 Fax: 01225 473 436

 Referral can also be made directly to the physiotherapy or occupational therapy department for therapy interventions.

Fibromyalgia Coping Skills Course

 The patient must have a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia, please see referral criteria.  A direct access referral form is available here. For referral advice, please contact Julie Russell, senior physiotherapist or Sandi Derham, clinical specialist occupational therapist, tel.01225 465941 ext. 252 or email: or 

General rheumatology, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis, fybromyalgia and soft tissue rheumatism

 We can accept referrals locally, regionally and nationally from consultants or GPs via Choose and Book or in writing to any rheumatology consultant.

Most patients referred to us will be seen first in a general clinic before referral to a specialist clinic where appropriate. Other musculoskeletal disorders seen in the general clinics will be treated individually by the specialist medical team and referred to the specialist multidisciplinary team as needed.

For further information or referral advice please tel. 01225 473 428.

Giant Cell Arteritis

To urgently refer a patient with suspected GCA click here.  A pathway flow chart is available here.


 (Adults) Dr Tim Jenkinson, consultant rheumatologist. Tel. 01225 473428
(Paediatric) Professor Athimalaipet Ramanan, consultant paediatric rheumatologist. Tel. 01225 473446

Direct therapy referrals can be made to Sin-ti Towlson, lead physiotherapist, or Sandi Derham clinical specialist occupational therapist. Tel. 01225 465941 ext. 252


 Dr Ashok Bhalla, consultant rheumatologist.  Tel. 01225 473443; fax 01225 473437

As an alternative to referring a patient to the osteoporosis clinic, it is possible to refer patients just for a bone mineral density measurement, if appropriate. The referral form, including referral criteria is here.

Paget’s disease of the bone

 Dr Ashok Bhalla, consultant rheumatologist.  Tel. 01225 473443; fax 01225 473437

Paediatric and adolescent rheumatology

 Professor Athimalaipet Ramanan, consultant paediatric rheumatologist. Tel. 01225 473446; fax 01225 473437

Paediatric bone clinic

 We can accept referrals from hospital paediatricians or GPs via Choose and Book or in writing to, Dr Bhalla, consultant in rheumatology and metabolic bone disease or Dr Jacqui Clinch, consultant paediatric rheumatologist.

RNHRD NHS FT, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RL
Fax: 01225 473437
For more information or referral advice, please tel. 01225 473443.

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA)

 Dr Ellie Korendowych or Professor Neil McHugh, consultant rheumatologists. Tel./fax 01225 473484.  

Referrals for the specialist PsA anti-TNF service should be made to Dr Ellie Korendowych and copied to Mrs Nicola Waldron, PsA specialist nurse.  

Outpatient therapy

 Direct to the physiotherapy department or occupational therapy department, RNHRD NHS FT, Upper Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1RL. For further information or referral advice please contact therapy reception, tel. 01225 473416.

Sports and exercise medicine service

 Dr Tim Jenkinson, consultant rheumatologist, or direct to:

Sports injury clinic physiotherapy department
Upper Borough Walls
Bath BA1 1RL

Tel. 01225 473416; fax: 01225 473449