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Rheumatology investigates, diagnoses and manages people with musculoskeletal conditions

If you are experiencing persistent pain in your joints, bones, muscles or soft tissues, it might be caused by an inflammatory condition such as arthritis. Whatever the cause, it’s important to be seen by a specialist. You can book an appointment with our private consultant Rheumatologists today.

At Ross Hall Hospital, our Rheumatologists investigate, diagnose and manage patients with inflammatory musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus and osteoporosis.

The rheumatology department provides comprehensive care to all patients visiting the hospital, utilising a pioneering and forward-thinking approach. Combining leading clinicians and modern facilities allows us to consistently offer you unparalleled care for private rheumatology diagnostics and treatment.

Our rheumatologists may be able to reassure you that what you are experiencing is nothing to be concerned about, or they can discuss tailored private treatment options that could relieve your symptoms so you can return to enjoying your life unrestricted.

Book your initial consultation at Ross Hall Hospital's comprehensive rheumatology department today.

Rheumatology examines, diagnoses and treats patients experiencing inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions, which affect the bones, joints, muscles and soft tissue causing swelling, stiffness, pain and occasionally deformity.

There are over 200 musculoskeletal conditions and disorders that can occur around the body. These can be inflammatory and non-inflammatory and can vary from acute to chronic conditions. While the frequency of some conditions such as arthritis increases with age, musculoskeletal disorders can affect all age groups and our consultants regularly see patients from all walks of life.

The vast number of possible affected areas demand a comprehensive array of facilities and a multifaceted team of expert consultants working in unison to diagnose and treat all possible conditions effectively. 

If you are suffering from any rheumatological symptoms, you should consider booking a private appointment with our consultants. Our Rheumatologists frequently see patients with:

  • Persistent joint pain
  • Inflammation indicated by joint swelling
  • Tenderness of the joints
  • Stiffness, redness or warmth
  • Joint deformity
  • Fatigue, lack of energy or weakness
  • Loss of range of motion or flexibility

On appointment, your private clinician will discuss appropriate investigative tests and treatments for a fast and accurate diagnosis. We regularly carry out further examinations for patients experiencing the above symptoms using blood tests (immunology and genetic tests), MRI, X-ray and ultrasound tests, all available at Ross Hall Hospital.

Our consultant Rheumatologists regularly see patients experiencing the following musculoskeletal conditions:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lupus, including the full spectrum of connective tissue disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Gout
  • Soft tissue conditions with the provision of steroid injections
  • Autoimmune rheumatic disorders
  • Spinal pain

The vast majority of patients are treated in outpatients; there is never a need for inpatient treatment.

Rheumatologists will commonly refer patients to other specialties within Ross Hall Hospital such as orthopaedics, pain management, neurology, neurosurgery and physical therapy for specialised diagnosis and treatment.

Patients attending Ross Hall Hospital can book an initial consultation with one of our professional rheumatology consultants at a time that suits them. The enquiries team will provide you with detailed information that explains what to expect and how to prepare for your initial consultation.

You have the option of paying for your treatment as a self-pay patient, in which case our team will provide you with the consultation fee for the consultant you're booked with. If you're using your medical insurance to pay for your care, it is important that you get an authorisation code from them before you attend your appointment.

During the initial consultation, your consultant will discuss your symptoms and medical history before performing a thorough examination to evaluate your condition. This will typically last 20-30 minutes after which time your consultant will have a clear idea of your situation and will be able to determine the best course of action.

Depending on your condition and severity of symptoms, your clinician may request further tests be carried out to assess your possible situation in more detail.

Simple tests such as blood tests and x-rays are often available on the same day as your initial appointment. Specialised testing using an MRI or Ultrasound will be arranged for a not too distant date and time that suits you, usually available in a couple of weeks.

The following are standard tests that your Rheumatologist may recommend to investigate your condition further:

  • MRI scan - A magnetic field is used to create a detailed image of the affected joint or area, used for patients with inflammatory back pain or if a patient's diagnosis hasn't been confirmed with blood tests or an X-ray.

  • X-rays - Used to produce detailed images of your internal structures.

  • Ultrasound - Uses sound waves to produce a detailed image of the inside of the body.

  • Blood tests - Used to investigate a variety of factors across an array of conditions.

  • Immunology tests - To look for instances of the rheumatoid factor (RF) and CCP antibodies, an indication of rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Genetic tests - To look for occurrences of axial spondyloarthritis, an umbrella term for inflammatory arthritis that largely affects the spine. 

A follow-up appointment will then be booked to discuss the results of your blood tests and diagnostic scans with your consultant and to discuss a treatment plan.

If further testing or referral to another specialist within Ross Hall Hospital is required, we'll make sure you thoroughly understand the process and answer any questions you may have.

If you find yourself suffering from persistent painful symptoms affecting your joints, bones, muscles or soft tissue and require immediate attention, book an appointment with the rheumatology department at Ross Hall Hospital for unrivalled private care.

Our exemplary rheumatology consultants are ready and waiting to provide fast diagnostics and comprehensive treatment for a variety of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.

We are pleased to offer you fast access to the highest quality private healthcare at a time convenient to you. Our comprehensive facilities include the highest standard of comfort and cleanliness available, as well as cutting-edge technology to promote modern techniques and treatments.

We are very proud of our rheumatology services and are pleased to offer:

  • Expert consultants - Due to the over 200 musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and disorders that can occur around the body, It is important to be seen by a specialist in this field. Our Rheumatology consultants are leading experts and provide the very best rheumatology care privately in Scotland. The Rheumatologists also work in unison with a multidisciplinary team composed of physicians and surgeons from orthopaedics, pain management, neurology, neurosurgery as well as the Ross Hall Hospital physical therapy department.

  • All possible care under one roof - To support our rheumatology consultants, Ross Hall Hospital is equipped with the latest technology and facilities, allowing us to provide a comprehensive service for private rheumatological diagnostics and treatment. We are proud to offer these advanced care facilities and services all in-house.

  • Fast access to diagnosis and treatment - At Ross Hall Hospital, we are usually able to offer patients an appointment with a Rheumatologist within 48 hours, ensuring your diagnosis and treatment can get underway as soon as possible.

We understand how difficult living with the long-term or short-term musculoskeletal condition can be, which is why our comprehensive private care is centred around efficient diagnostics and industry-leading treatment. At Ross Hall Hospital, our experienced consultants will help you through every stage of your recovery journey, providing clarity and ensuring you are as comfortable as possible. 

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Specialists offering Rheumatology

Dr David McCarey

Consultant Rheumatologist


Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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Dr Anne McEntegart

Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer Glasgow University

MBChB (Glasgow), Bsc (Immunology), FRCP

Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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