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

  • General rheumatology clinics
  • Acute back pain management 
  • Inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Various auto-immune conditions, such as SLE, scleroderma and polymyositis
  • Vasculitic conditions 
  • Infections of bone, joints and spine.

We are able to prescribe current drugs for managing inflammatory arthritis and osteoporosis. We also have strong links with other departments such as Radiology (x-ray) and immunology to help manage our patients' conditions.


We offer a monthly young adult clinic for patients between 16 and 24 years old and 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 agents such as TNF alpha therapy and rituximab.

Clinics are provided at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals. We can usually provide urgent appointments if requested by your GP.

Key staff

  • Dr Ritu Malaiya consultant rheumatologist and clinical lead

  • Dr Oliver Duke, consultant rheumatologist and physician

  • Dr Fazal Sheikh, consultant rheumatologist

  • Dr Feryal Malik, consultant rheumatologist

  • Dr Mehdi Mirzadazeh, consultant in metabolic medicine

  • Josephine Walmsley, clinical nurse specialist in rheumatology

  • Jackie Sherrin, clinical nurse specialist in rheumatology

  • Dida Cankov, clinical nurse specialist in rheumatology

  • Specialist trainee in rheumatology (rotating post)

  • GP trainee in rheumatology (rotating post)

  • Sue Leach, patient pathway coordinator

  • Amanda Crick, patient pathway coordinator

  • Zoe Maunsell, patient pathway coordinator

Opening hours

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

Contact details

Epsom and St Helier hospitals

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


More information

Advice to keep safe from COVID-19 [docx] 31KB

National Arthritis Research (opens in a new window) charity with information sheets on both rheumatological conditions and their treatments.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN)

National Osteoporosis Society (opens in a new window)

UK Gout Society (opens in a new window), includes dietary advice sheet.

Online calculator of dietary calcium intake (opens in a new window)

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (opens in a new window), includes downloadable comprehensive exercise guidance.

Osteoporosis risk calculator, usually used in conjunction with your GP or hospital specialist to decide on need for treatment 

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