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Department of Rheumatology

The Department of Rheumatology provides a referral service and ongoing treatment facility for patients with arthritis-related disease supported by both medical, nursing and rehabilitation staff. This is a very busy out-patient department; a total of 5775 patients were treated in 2005.

The service exists across 2 sites, St Vincent's University Hospital and Rheumatology Rehabilitation, Harold’s Cross which is a specialist evaluation and treatment unit for arthritis. At St Vincent’s University Hospital a general Rheumatology Clinic takes place 3 times a week and one fast-track Early Arthritis Clinic operates for patients with early onset of disease.

Three Biologic Clinics operate for patients receiving biologic therapies (predominantly anti-TNF therapies) and a Juvenile Arthritis Clinic occurs once a month. Other services include the bone densitometry service and an arthroscopy programme. Preparations are in hand for the move to an expanded Bone & Joint Unit in the Main Hospital in 2006 with the development of multidisciplinary patient-care pathways for back pain, early arthritis, urgent rheumatology problems and low trauma assessment.

Medical Staff

  • Professor Oliver FitzGerald, Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Professor Douglas Veale, Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Dr Eamonn Molloy, Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Dr Anne-Barbara Mongey, Locum Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Dr Shafeeq Alraqi, Locum Consultant Rheumatologist
  • Dr Orla Killeen, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
  • Clinical Registrar
  • Specialist Registrar
  • 2 Senior House Officers
  • Intern
  • 2 Rheumatology Nurse Specialists
  • Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Manager

Contact Details:

Clinic (01) 2213638

How to make an appointment:

All new GP referrals must be submitted on a GP Rheumatology pro forma letter, available on request from the Department (01 - 2213638 / 2214779) or for download by clicking here. Submitted letters are assessed by the Rheumatologists and an appropriate appointment is forwarded directly to the patient. Referrals from other hospitals should be forwarded directly to the Department. Blood test and x-ray results should be included in all referrals.

For further information on arthritis please visit arthritisireland.ie

Useful Websites and H1N1 Information

The website below has very useful information for Rhematology patients regarding H1N1 Vaccination.

The Irish Society for Rheumatology http://www.isr.ie/home/default.asp