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Dr David O'Reilly

Consultant Rheumatologist


Practices at: The Manor Hospital, St Edmunds Hospital

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Personal Profile

Dr David O’Reilly, Consultant Rheumatologist in Suffolk can offer over 27 years of experience as an NHS Rheumatology specialist.

He qualified at the Cambridge University Clinical School in Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1980 with further training in Medicine in Nottingham. He completed specialist Rheumatology and General Medical training in Manchester moving to the West Suffolk Hospital as Consultant in Rheumatology in 1993 until retiring from the NHS July 2019. This included 10 years as a Consultant Physician in Emergency Medicine.

Dr O’Reilly’s entry on the GMC Specialist Register shows he is a recognised Specialist in General (Internal) Medicine and Rheumatology with GMC number 2672661.

He has years of experience in the wide range of Rheumatology conditions. His special expertise is early diagnosis and treatment of inflammation-based arthritis, for example Rheumatoid, Psoriatic and Reactive Arthritis. For patients with difficult disease he has over 15 years' experience in the use of the 'biological' treatments for arthritis conditions.

Dr O’Reilly also has an interest in Osteoporosis and Dexa scanning, his Dexa Scanning service based in the St Edmunds Hospital reports over 1500 scans per year for the NHS and private patients.

Dr O’Reilly was also an investigator in national and international studies in Rheumatoid, Psoriatic and Osteoarthritis. In 2016, he was awarded the title of "Distinguished Member" by the British Society for Rheumatology in recognition of his work in the specialty.  He is a member of the Trial Steering Committee of the STRAP Trial in Rheumatoid Arthritis (

His clinic appointments are all booked at 45 minute intervals to give plenty of time for assessment and explanation. He is happy to be contacted by his patients directly by email or mobile phone for advice and to discuss care.

In Rheumatology good results require a close working relationship between specialists and patient. To see how seriously he takes this relationship, see feedback from patients and colleagues on the "Reviews" page at Doctify.

Clinical Interests

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Muscle and soft tissue pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-operative pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Polymyalgia
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dexa scanning
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Raynaud's
  • Biologic treatments for arthritis (Humira, Benepali)
  • Psoriasis Arthritis
  • Lupus / SLE

Professional Memberships

  • British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)
  • National Osteoporosis Society (NOS)