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The Department of Rheumatology provides a referral service and ongoing treatment for patients with over 200 forms of arthritis, musculoskeletal and systemic autoimmune disorders.

All our clinics require the coordinated and multidisciplinary input of medical, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy and administrative staff – and over five years ago (January 2012), sub-specialty clinics were introduced to facilitate optimal clinical care, research, teaching and audit activity.

Our record in clinical and translational research was recognised by our designation as a European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Centre of Excellence. Currently, we are conducting over 20 active research studies, including prospective registries, clinical trials and translational research, with multiple national and international collaborators.

Our department is also affiliated with the Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease Unit (RMDU) at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross, which provides comprehensive inpatient, day patient and outpatient multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation for patients with rheumatic diseases.


Additional staff

  • Rheumatology Nurse Specialists x 3
  • Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist x 1
  • Research Nurses x 3
  • Senior Physiotherapist x 2
  • Senior Occupational Therapist x 1
  • Clinical Registrar x 2 (1 in RMDU, Harold’s Cross)
  • Specialist Registrar x 1
  • Senior House Officers x 2 (1 in RMDU, Harold’s Cross)
  • Intern x 1


Referral information

We accept referrals from GPs, consultants, the Emergency Department, Healthlink and from other hospitals. Early arthritis referrals should be made via the ISR proforma 

Useful links


tel:  (01) 221 4779
fax: (01) 221 4170


The Bone and Joint Unit is located in the Ambulatory Day Care  Centre on the ground floor in the Clinical Services Building behind the main reception