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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, everyone in Jersey is now ordered to stay at home. gov.je/coronavirus

Arthritis (rheumatology service)

Coronavirus COVID-19 information

Here is all the the latest advice, information and news announcements on Coronavirus (COVID-19).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 (phleboto​my service​)

​​The Hospital’s Phlebotomy Department (Blood Tests) has moved to the Dental Clinic. It is open from 8am to 12.30pm from Monday to Friday. This is mainly for:

  • emergencies
  • patients with previous abnormalities
  • patients who have recently started new treatments

It would be 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 so contact us +44(0) 1534 443053 if you need  this facility.  This service applies to tablets and not fridge items.

Our service

The rheumatology service aims to provide comprehensive, individual care for patients with inflammatory arthritis.

We are based at:
Westmount Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre
Westmount Road
St Helier
JE2 3LP

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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 staf​​f

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 supp​ort 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 Spondyliti​s ​​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 websiteFibromyalgia association UK and National Osteoporosis Society​ ​

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