Frequently asked Questions What happens when I arrive?
When you attend the unit a member of staff will greet you and explain about your infusion / treatment and the procedure that will take place.
It is important that prior to each treatment you have a set of recent bloods and bring a sample of urine with you. We will perform routine checks such as weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturations and a verbal history from you on each visit. If you have an infection treatment may not be given so please ring the unit for advice to save you a journey
Can I ask questions?
We encourage you to ask questions at any stage of your stay.
If you or your relatives are anxious, we can arrange a pre-visit to look around the unit and meet staff How long will it take?
If you need information regarding approximate time of your treatment please contact the Rheumatology Team, as it may take some time. We provide drinks throughout the day and lunch.
We have a TV/Radio on the unit and encourage patients to bring something to do whilst having treatment, for example a book or magazine, as we do not provide these. What if I am unwell?
If you are unwell, have an infection or are unsure if you can have your infusion please ring your consultants’ secretary and she will liaise with the day unit staff.
This could save you a wasted journey.
Davy Unit accessed via Red Lion Surgery, Level 1, First floor, Can I bring someone with me?
There is a waiting room for relatives/visitors with a television and drinks machine. The unit can be very busy and it is not always possible to accommodate relatives/visitors within the Day Unit.
Referral for treatment on the Rheumatology Day Unit is from Consultant Rheumatologists.
Key Staff / Consultants Consultants
Dr. T Sheeran
Dr. S Venkatachalam
Dr. D Mulherin
Dr. N Barkham
Dr. J Bateman
Dr. S Raizada
Dr. H Sapkota
Dr. G Hirsch Please see the Consultant Staff page for further details on our consultants
. Rheumatology Advanced Nurse Practitioner / Nurse Manager
- Barbara Douglas
Senior Specialist Nurse - Julie Painter
Sister Rheumatology Day Unit Cannock Chase Hospital - Jackie Dodd
Sister Rheumatology Day Unit New Cross Hospital - Sandra Walker
The Rheumatology useful links page has many related links and details of support groups.