Rheumatology

Modality offers an integrated rheumatology service so if you are a patient with rheumatism, you can have the advantage of specialist care near to where you live.

We have a multidisciplinary team of physiotherapists, GPs with specialist interest, rheumatology nurse specialists and academic rheumatology consultants. We have X-ray and community ultrasound facilities and support research nurses.

Linked with the University of Birmingham, we offer specialist advice and management of early inflammatory arthritis and are developing primary care based rheumatology research programmes.

Our community rheumatology service has three main aims:

Diagnosis and treatment of early inflammatory arthritis and other common rheumatology related conditions.
Education and intensive treatment of inflammatory arthritis flexed and delivered locally in the community.
To support and promote primary care rheumatology research.

More information and details on the service provided by our team can be found here http://bhamcrs.co.uk/

How can we help you?

The clinic sees people with problems such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint overuse injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout

If your condition requires an operation or further specialist management or treatment the specialist doctor will discuss this with you at your appointment and you will be referred to a hospital of your choice.

How to access the service

You will need to be referred by your GP to this service. They will contact us and a member of our team will contact you to arrange your appointment. Your referral will be reviewed within 3 days and you will then be contacted by one of our staff to make your appointment. Your first assessment will take place within 2-4 weeks depending on the nature of your complaint.

Our clinics

The service is held at a number of locations:

  • Laurie Pike Health Centre
  • Handsworth Wood Medical Centre
  • Enki Medical Centre
  • The Lyng Centre

Our team

GP Lead: Dr Ben Empson
Consultant Leads: Professor Chris Buckley, Professor Caroline Gordon and Professor Karim Raza

What happens at the appointment?

Our clinicians are highly specialised in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. Your first appointment will take approximately 20-30 minutes where you can discuss your problems and general health. This will be followed by a physical examination, during which you might be required to remove some items of clothing. It is therefore advisable to wear sensible undergarments so that the clinician can carry out an effective assessment.

What Next?

After this initial appointment we will discuss with you the most appropriate course of management for you condition. This may involve treatment, further assessment or referral to another health professional. You will receive written information about your condition. At the end of the appointment a letter will be sent to your GP and you will receive a copy.