Our Rheumatology Service is a centre of excellence for Rheumatology and are responsible for delivering specialised care nationally, regionally, and locally. It is recognised as a European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) centre of excellence for rheumatology ultrasound.

The department provides investigations, diagnostics and the ongoing care of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. We also specialise in disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues, inflammatory arthritis, other systemic auto-immune disorders and vasculitis.

The service is consultant-led and is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team that provides a high quality, patient focused specialist service to patients with rheumatic diseases. The team provide both inpatient hospital care at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Aintree University Hospital, and outpatient clinics at Aintree University Hospital and Broadgreen Hospital, with access to the medical day care unit to deliver infusions.

Our team provide general rheumatology services and various highly specialist outpatient clinics including:

  • Scleroderma service
  • Adult myositis service
  • Lupus/Connective tissue disease clinic
  • Vasculitis clinics
  • Early arthritis clinics
  • Ankylosing spondylitis clinic
  • Rheumatology/pregnancy combined clinic
  • Ultrasound
  • Young adult rheumatology/transition
  • Nurse-led clinics for patient education, support and advice and for monitoring patients on biologic therapies
  • Behçet’s Syndrome Centre of Excellence.

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GP Referrals

We accept referrals from General Practitioners (GP) and other health professionals ONLY. Referrals should be made using the e-Referral Service. We recommend General Practitioners to use the Advice and Guidance electronic system before referral, this is monitored daily by our consultants. Advice and Guidance and e-Referrals should be directed to the specific sites, Broadgreen or Aintree.

Tertiary referrals

We accept referrals from other hospitals via letter or fax.

Referrals are triaged daily by our consultants and prioritised based on clinical need and information in the referral.
We aim to see patients with early arthritis referrals within three weeks from referral. Urgent referrals will be seen within six weeks, sooner for those deemed more serious. If your condition worsens whilst waiting for an appointment, please contact your GP who can discuss your care with our team.

Our Rheumatology Team is involved in clinical and laboratory-based research. Our patients have the chance to participate in clinical trials and have access to the latest drugs and treatments.

Our service hosts a Behçets’s Syndrome Centre of Excellence, one of only three centres in the country to offer a clinic of this kind.

To find out more about the research this department carries out, please visit our research page.