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Arthritis (rheumatology service)

Coronavirus COVID-19 information

If you test positive for Covid-19, you may need antiviral treatment within the first 5 days of a positive PCR. You may also need to stop your treatment.

Please contact the department or your GP for advice on this. Steroids should not be stopped suddenly. 

Here is all the latest advice, information and news announcements on Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can also find the latest information about the extremely vulnerable. 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 more about the extremely vulnerable 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. 

Blood tests are normally ordered on the computer system and it is the patients responsibility to book  your tests at the frequency advised by your nurse or doctor. 

You need a timed appointment for the Hospital Phlebotomy Department. Call them on +44 (0) 1534 442223 to arrange this.

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.

Self-management

The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society has a self-management programme called SMILE- RA. It is aimed at newly diagnosed patients with rheumatoid arthritis. 
Visit the NRSA website or Facebook page to sign up to this. 

Our rheumatology staff

The rheumatology service is staffed by the following people:​

  • Dr Helmi Jazebi Locum Consultant Rheumatologist

  • Jane Abraham: Clinical Nurse Specialist, telephone +44 (0) 1534 443053

  • Julie Le Sueur: Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Karin Dustow: Senior Health care Assistant 01534 444653 (prescription line)

  • Justine Rabet: Medical Secretaries, telephone +44 (0) 1534 443060

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 offer help to people suffering with persistent pain and to guide and promote the understanding of pain in the community, whilst helping their members to manage chronic pain and live fulfilling lives.  

They offer gentle exercise sessions, led by pain specialists, in Coronation Park at Millbrook at 10.00-10.45am and 11.00-11.45am on Tuesday and Friday each week. They also offer social events and activities - further information can be found on www.painsupportjersey.com / Facebook at Pain Support Jersey Charity / Twitter @CharityPain / Mobile 07797 952165.

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 Katherine Kadin or 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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