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The Rheumatology Department deals with problems that involve bones, muscle, joints and tendons (tissue that connects muscle to bone or other skeletal tissues). Many of the problems we deal with occur because of problems with the immune system (autoimmunity).

We are recognised internationally for our expertise in many rheumatic conditions. These include lupus (a disease where the body attacks itself by the production of abnormal antibodies), vasculitis (disorder of the blood vessels with inflammation), rheumatoid arthritis and early inflammatory arthritis. Our department also sees patients referred from other hospitals.

Our award-winning team carries out much research with the Academic Unit of Rheumatology at the University of Birmingham. We have a longstanding research interest in the patients’ journey from onset of symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis to getting started on treatment as well as the causes of rheumatoid arthritis and the reasons why it damages the joints.

We play an active role in teaching and training medical students, nurses and physiotherapists, who may be present in some of our clinics.

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We provide services for patients with all forms of musculoskeletal disease. Our outpatient clinics are held at City and Sandwell Hospitals. The City Hospital clinic is based on the second floor of the maternity building.

Day case treatments are held at the medical infusion suite based at City Hospital. 

We offer the following clinics: 

  • Lupus Clinic – We are a Lupus UK Centre of Excellence.
  • Early Arthritis Clinics
  • Vasculitis Clinic
  • Behçet’s Syndrome 

We are supported by the following services: 

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Orthotics
  • Phlebotomy


Patient Information

Useful Websites

For more information about arthritis go to:

For more information about Lupus go to the following website:



Call 0121 553 1831 and ask for the rheumatology medical secretaries. 

Or email


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