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Paediatric Rheumatology

Description of service

We provide a dedicated Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Service which covers the South West of England and part of Wales. The multi-disciplinary team is led by two consultant paediatric rheumatologists Professor A V Ramanan and Dr J Clinch and consists of a paediatric nurse specialist, a senior physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a psychologist and two specialist registrars all of whom are specialists in this field.

The service provides expertise for children and adolescents who suffer from a wide variety of rheumatological conditions and musculoskeletal problems, which include:

  • juvenile arthritis
  • uveitis
  • juvenile onset lupus
  • juvenile dermatomyositis
  • periodic fevers
  • rare forms of paediatric vasculitis
  • mechanical joint pain
  • hypermobility syndrome

Our aim

To maintain the function and independence of any child or adolescent with rheumatological conditions and musculoskeletal problems by controlling disease activity, helping them to maintain function, reaching full physical development, minimize any disability, and supporting them to achieve their full potential socially, educationally and psychologically.

There are important age related impacts of these conditions on children and adolescents which together the team have the experience and expertise to treat even the most complex cases. Working with the child/adolescent and their family the team helps them to manage the condition by providing holistic care, disease management and education both on an inpatient and out patient bases.

Areas of excellence

As above especially systemic onset JIA, JIA associated uveitis, Juvenile dermatomyositis.

General contact details

If you would like any further information on referrals or general information about our services please contact the Paediatric Rheumatology Team on 0117 3420146/3420149

Further information for the public

The consultants hold clinics in Taunton, Bath, Salisbury, Torbay, Yeovil, Exeter, Plymouth and Swansea.

There are also several clinics where consultants from other specialities join our team to provide specialist in put eg a vasculitis clinic with the paediatric renal consultant, a uveitis clinic held with the professor of ophthalmology and an endocrine clinic.

The service is currently developing a transitional service that is preparing the older adolescent for the adult service.