FOI 7951 - Rheumatology Service

Date: 14 March 2023 to 14 March 2026

Questions in relation to rheumatology

  1. What is your current referral to appointment time for:
    1. Routine new patients 
    2. Urgent new patients 
    3. Early inflammatory arthritis new patients 
  2. How many new patient referrals were received between 1st January2022 and 31st December 2022 
  3. What is the size of the population catchment area covered by the rheumatology department (number of people) 
  4. Whole time equivalent rheumatology permanent clinical staff within the Trust
    1. Number of consultants (doctors) 
    2. Number of associate specialists 
    3. Number of staff grade doctors 
    4. Number of trust grade doctors 
    5. Number of Nurse consultants 
    6. Number of rheumatology nurse specialists 
    7. Number of physiotherapists (dedicated to rheumatology only) 
    8. Number of occupational therapists (dedicated to rheumatology only) 
  5. Does the rheumatology department run rheumatology subspecialty clinics Yes/No  
  6. If the rheumatology department runs rheumatology subspecialty clinics please list the subspecialties  
  7. Does the rheumatology department hold combined clinics with other specialties? Yes/No  
  8. If the rheumatology department holds combined clinics with other specialties please list the specialties  
  9. Referrals from primary care
    1. Direct referrals to rheumatology for all rheumatological conditions 
    2. All referrals triaged in primary care before received by the Trust Yes/No  
    3. Some referrals triaged in primary care before received by the Trust 
  10. Is there an intermediate care rheumatology service between primary care and secondary care 
  11. If yes to question 10 list the types of conditions seen within the intermediate care service  
  12. Does the Trust rheumatology department hold clinics in settings away from the Acute Hospital? Yes/No 
  13. If yes to question 12 in how many different non-acute hospital settings are clinics held 
  14. Compared to face-to face consultations approximately what proportion (%) of new patient consultations in 2022 were remote consultations (Telephone or video)? 
  15. Compared to face-to face consultations approximately what proportion (%) of follow up consultations in 2022 were remote consultations (Telephone or video) 
  16. Does the rheumatology department have a day case infusion suite used solely for rheumatology department patients? 
  17. Does the rheumatology department have dedicated rheumatology in-patient beds? Yes/No  
  18. If yes to question 17, how many dedicated rheumatology in-patient beds are there?  
  • Request ID:
    FOI 7951
  • Category:
    Trust - Service Data
  • Response:

    March 2023

    Please see attached response