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Patient Support

A new rheumatology condition can feel isolating and can lead to feelings of loneliness. There are many groups set up to support people in a similar position. Have a look at the groups below that offer support by providing knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. All the exercise classes on the previous page are also very useful for peer support.


Advice Line

This advice line is specifically for people with rheumatic conditions who are current patients under the care of the UHBristol Adult Rheumatology Department. For further information about the Advice Line please click here

If you feel your problem is urgent or an emergency please visit your local walk in centre / minor injuries unit or call 111 for urgent support and advice.



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PAG is your local patient support group. It has been run for many years by patients, for patients but is also fully supported by the rheumatology department here at the BRI.

The group is open to patients with any condition that affects your bones and joints. Whether you'd or would like to meet people who understand what it is like to live with pain and fatigue or to ask about other people's experiences of trying a new medication or if you would like to feedback to the department about an aspect of the service then we'd love to hear from you.

 Click here for the latest PAG news letter 




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'Arthur's Place' Young Adults from 18-35(ish)

Arthur's Place is the first online magazine and social network specifically for young adults with arthritis, aged 18 - 35 years, in the UK. At Arthur's Place you'll find a mix of life hacks (helpful tips for dealing with everyday life - from relationships to surviving at university and coping at work), facts about arthritis, great videos and apps, and a network of people sharing their stories and helping each other.