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What we do

Rheumatologists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the joints and muscles. The rheumatology team includes doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and a liaison psychiatrist. The department is actively involved in research.

We provide treatment and continuing care for inflammatory conditions including:

  • inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
  • gout and pseudogout
  • connective tissue diseases, such as SLE (lupus) and Sjogren’s syndrome (inflammation of the eye glands)
  • temporal arteritis (inflammation of the arteries) and polymyalgia rheumatica (inflammation in muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips)
  • vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
  • myositis (muscle inflammation)
  • bone problems such as metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis.

Patients with suspected inflammatory arthritis are fast-tracked and will be seen within three weeks of referral in our Early Inflammatory Arthritis service. We also see patients with non-inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, complicated back pain, regional joint pain and chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia.


Third floor, Willowfield Building, King’s College Hospital, Bessemer Road, SE5 9BG

Contact Details

Our Rheumatology service sees patients with the following conditions:

  • Inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, undifferentiated inflammatory arthritis, sarcoidosis, reactive arthritis, crystal arthritis (gout/pseudogout). Patients with suspected inflammatory arthritis should be referred urgently using the early arthritis referral form (available below). The Early Inflammatory Arthritis service aims to see patients within three weeks of referral.
  • Connective tissue disease such as SLE (lupus), Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, myositis, anti-phospholipid syndrome.
  • Vasculitis such as temporal arteritis/polymyalgia rheumatica, Wegener’s granulomatosis, Churg-Strauss syndrome.
  • Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease – manage primary and secondary causes such as Pagets, osteomalacia, hyperparathyroidism and recurrent renal stones

What is required before referring a patient

In the case of suspected inflammatory arthritis, referrals should not be delayed by investigations.

Booking a patient at King’s

GPs should refer via NHS e-referral (e-RS) wherever possible.

Other ways to refer

Routine Referrals

Routine referrals from Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham should be directed to MCATS using the appropriate MCATS referral form (below).

Other healthcare professionals can email routine referrals to [email protected]

Metabolic bone and osteoporosis clinic – fast track bone density scans for secondary prevention also available. Please email referrals to [email protected]

Emergency Referrals

We provide a 24-hour registrar on call service, supported by a consultant. For advice or to arrange urgent review or admission, please call switchboard 020 3299 9000 and ask to speak to the on-call Rheumatology Registrar.

To arrange for a patient to be seen within two weeks:

Please make early arthritis referrals using the Lambeth and Southwark Early Arthritis referral form (below).

Other Queries

For advice and guidance for referrals, please call switchboard on 020 3299 9000 and ask to speak to the on-call Rheumatology Registrar.

Referral forms

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Lambeth and Southwark early arthritis referral form451 KB
MCATS and MSK referral form – Lambeth77 KB
MCATS referral form – Southwark93 KB

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Mrs Danielle Arber Paediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mrs Jisha Bhose Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mrs Karen Brickenden Medical Secretary
Dr Richard Campbell Consultant Rheumatologist and Physician
Dr Nap Cheung Consultant Rheumatologist
Miss Radka Chura CNS
Prof James Galloway Professor / Honorary Consultant
Dr Patrick Gordon Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
Mrs Heather Lapham Matron
Dr Arti Mahto Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Sarah Medley Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Aneela Mian Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Corina Moisoiu-Rosca Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Sanjeev Patel Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Sudip Purkayastha Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Andy Rutherford Consultant Rheumatologist
Mrs Rosaria Salerno Rheumatology Specialist Nurse
Dr Mohammed Ikramullah Sharif Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Dee Sreerangaiah Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Sophia Steer Consultant Rheumatologist
Dr Chris Wincup Consultant Rheumatologist