National acclaim for Trafford’s arthritis service
Trafford General's Rheumatology service is one of only five
in the UK to have been recognised as 'Outstanding' for its
ground-breaking and innovative practice in treating inflammatory
arthritis. This recognition focuses on the role of four specialist
nurses in the department who work at an advanced level, meaning
patients can be seen and receive treatment quickly for their
The awards were decided by an
expert judging panel organised by the British Society for
Rheumatology and included world experts in rheumatology, patient
representatives from the UK and Europe, the British Orthopaedic
Association, and the National Institute of Health and Care
The team of nurses has completed
advanced training in rheumatology to take on extra clinical
responsibilities such as prescribing medication, and giving
injections to patients experiencing arthritic pain or 'flares'.
Consultant Frank McKenna says this support enables the service
to excel: "We have such a strong team of highly skilled nurse
specialists who offer a much broader service to our patients. Our
nurses are trained to take on more responsibility, meaning patients
can be seen frequently and their symptoms addressed promptly. This
also enables the department's consultants to spend more time
focusing on complex cases."
Sisters Vicky Chamberlain and Yoke Mei McLoughlin feel that
patients appreciate the work they do. Victoria Chamberlain said:
"It is very satisfying to work in such a close team and know that
you are giving people treatment as quickly as possible."
For those who have been diagnosed with the condition, the
department offers a drop-in service for any of their patients who
are experiencing a 'flare' of their arthritis. It is run by the
rheumatology specialist nurses and was initiated by Sister Janita
Hayes more than 20 years ago. She recalls: "We have always felt it
was important to treat a flare as quickly as possible, not only to
relieve the severe pain but to prevent damage to joints." Patients
can be seen between their routine appointments, without having to
go back to their GP. Arthritis sufferers can contact the department
via a telephone advice line for guidance and, if necessary, be
invited to attend for treatment.
Issued by: Lauren Flanagan Tel: 0161 701 8597
Notes to editors
Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common form of arthritis
in the UK and the most common inflammatory joint disorder. It
affects around 400,000 people in the UK. It causes painful, swollen
and stiff joints and is most common in 40 to 50 year olds. Symptoms
of the condition include:
- A throbbing and aching pain, often worse in the mornings
and after sitting still for a while.
- Stiff joints, particularly in the morning.
- Inflamed joints that may be hot or tender to the touch.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to make
an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.
Trafford General Hospital is part of Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a leading provider of
tertiary and specialist healthcare services in Manchester.