Coronavirus COVID-19 information
Here is all the the latest advice, information and news announcements on Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can also find the latest information about shielding the extremely vulnerable from coronavirus.This information is updated frequently so it's important to refer back to it regularly.
There is also rheumatology specific advice on the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society website.
You can assess your risk by referring to the tool on the Versus Arthritis website. This will advise you on either social distancing, self-isolating or shielding. You can find out guidance on shielding on Gov.uk website.
Blood tests (phlebotomy service)
The Hospital’s Phlebotomy Department (Blood Tests) is located at the General Hospital. It's open from 8.30am to 3.45pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 12.45pm on Friday. This is mainly for:
- patients with previous abnormalities
- patients who have recently started new treatments
You now need a timed appointment for the Hospital Phlebotomy Department . You can call them on +44 (0) 1534 442464 to book a slot.
It's preferable to have your test done via your GP. The frequency of tests can sometimes be reduced temporarily, unless you have had any problems. This is at the discretion of the Rheumatology Department or your GP.
Drugs can now be delivered to your home. If you need this service, contact us +44(0) 1534 444653 when you order your prescription and provide your telephone number.
The rheumatology service aims to provide comprehensive, individual care for patients with inflammatory arthritis.
We are based at:
Westmount Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre
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We offer the following services:
specialist service for patients with all types of rheumatological conditions
monitoring and management service for new patients with inflammatory arthritis
assessment and monitoring of patients undergoing biologic therapies
a telephone advice helpline for patients and families
podiatry service, based at the Jersey General Hospital. Referral is required from a medical professional
occupational therapy. Referral is required from a medical professional
Your prescribed drug treatment
You can access the Versus Arthritis website for information and advice.
If you are experiencing side effects or problems, contact your GP or the nurses on +44 (0) 1534 443053.
Our rheumatology staff
The rheumatology service is staffed by the following people:
- Dr Mike Richardson: consultant for rheumatology
- Dr Jon Bevan: Consultant Physician with specialist interest in rheumatology
Jane Abraham: Clinical Nurse Specialist, telephone +44 (0) 1534 443053
Julie Le Sueur: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Justine Rabet and Jean Barnett: Medical Secretaries, telephone +44 (0) 1534 443060 or +44 (0) 1534 443071)
Lynn Butel: Private Secretary (telephone +44 (0) 7700 810001)
Local charities and support groups
There are a few local charities and support groups that can help.
Pain Support Jersey
Pain Support's aim is to support fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers to live fulfilling lives despite their pain. They offer a range of activities.
The group meets Tuesday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Kings Centre, Clarkson House, Mont Cochon. You can call them on +44 (0) 7797 952165 or get more information on the Pain Support Jersey website.
National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS)
This group runs hydrotherapy and gym sessions on Monday afternoons from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at the Jersey General Hospital. Each session costs £6.
Email Martin Postlethwaite or call him on +44 (0) 1534 618095. Find out more information on the NASS website.
Further support, advice and guidance
Call the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society patient helpline on 0800 298 7650.
You can also get more information on the Psoriasis Association website, Fibromyalgia association UK and National Osteoporosis Society.