Our Rheumatology department looks after people who suffer from diseases affecting their joints, bones and muscles. The service we offer covers:

  • General Rheumatology clinics
  • Inflammatory arthritis, such as Rheumatoid arthritis and Psoriatic arthritis
  • Various auto-immune conditions, such as SLE, Sjogren's Syndrome, Scleroderma and Polymyositis
  • Inflammatory back pain and Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Vasculitis such as Giant Cell Arteritis and other forms of systemic vasculitis
  • Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone clinic

We are able to prescribe current drugs for managing inflammatory arthritis, connective tissue disease and osteoporosis. 

We also have strong links with other departments such as Radiology (x-ray) and immunology to help manage our patients' conditions.


General Rheumatology Clinics are provided at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals. We offer a monthly young adult clinic for patients between 16 and 24 years oldWe offer a weekly bone clinic for metabolic bone disorders and osteoporosis. Nurse-led clinics support the management of patients with inflammatory arthropathies and those using biologic agentsEarly Inflammatory arthritis Clinic for patients with suspected new onset Rheumatoid arthritis and Psoriatic arthritis with access to ultrasound

Key staff

  • Dr Ritu Malaiya consultant rheumatologist 

  • Dr Fazal Sheikh, consultant rheumatologist

  • Dr Mehdi Mirzadazeh, consultant in metabolic medicine

  • Locum consultant rheumatologist

  • Josephine Walmsley, clinical nurse specialist in rheumatology

  • Jackie Blackbourn, clinical nurse specialist in rheumatology

  • Valeria Degennaro, clinical nurse specialist in rheumatology

  • Specialist trainee in rheumatology (rotating post)

  • GP trainee in rheumatology (rotating post)

  • Rheumatology Registrar (Rotating post)

  • Sue Leach, patient pathway coordinator

  • Amanda Crick, patient pathway coordinator

  • Zoe Maunsell, patient pathway coordinator

  • Sue Brough, patient pathway coordinator

  • Sarita Wagay, Biologics coordinator

Opening hours

Monday - Friday, 0830 am - 5pm

Contact details

Epsom and St Helier hospitals

Appointments: 020 8296 2968
Secretaries: 020 8296 2473
POD email address: rheumatology-sth@nhs.net
Nurses Advice line: 020 8296 2191


GP Referral Information:

Early Inflammatory Arthritis clinic

GPs are advised to submit a completed "Early Inflammatory Arthritis (EIA) referral form" along with referral letter when referring patients with for Suspected Early Inflammatory Arthritis. 

Link to EIA Referral Form Rheumatology Referral Form for Suspected Early Inflammatory Arthritis [docx] 19KB

Suspected Giant Cell Arteritis

GPs should refer these patients urgently (same-day) by calling the Rheumatology on-call Consultant or Registrar via telephone during working hours 0900-16:45 Monday- Friday (via hospital switchboard 0208 296 2000 bleep 490). Outside these hours, patients should be referred to the Medical Registrar on-call via hospital switchboard (Telephone no. 0208 296 2000)

Patients with visual symptoms should be referred same day to the Urgent Eye Casualty Acute Eye clinic at St Helier Hospital (Telephone no. 0208 296 3817) during Monday to Friday 08:30-16:30. Outside these hours the on-call ophthalmology service for South West Thames is based at St George’s Hospital and operates after 5pm weekdays, at weekends and on bank holidays. The on-call Ophthalmology team should be contacted via St. Georges Hospital switchboard number 020 8672 1255.


More Information for GPs

Rheumatology Referral Form for Suspected Early Inflammatory Arthritis  EIA Referral form.docx [docx] 19KB


This form should be completed and submitted along with referral letter for all referrals for "suspected early inflammatory arthritis". Please see ESTH Rheumatology Directory of Service on ERS.


More information for patients

Charity with information sheets on rheumatological conditions and their treatments



National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. Links to NRAS Support groups




Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance



British Society of Rheumatology National Early Arthritis Audit information for patients 



Guidance regarding Covid-19 for patients with rheumatological conditions 










Information about Osteoporosis and Bone Health 

The Royal Osteoporosis society



Online Calculator of dietary Calcium intake



Information about Vasculitis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant cell arteritis 






National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society website and back to action programme: 



Patient Disease activity scores for Rheumatoid arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis



DAS28 score for assessment of disease activity in Rheumatoid arthritis



Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index 



Raynaud's and Scleroderma Society UK website: 



UK Gout society 


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