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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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How we monitor

There are a number of ways to monitor. Each method is important and complements the others. As always, we try to minimise any inconvenience.


You are the best monitor as you live with the condition day in and day out.

Keeping a record can be helpful for clinic. If there are any concerns between clinics, please contact us.

Clinic visits

Clinics remain the most valuable way for us to monitor condition. But remember, clinics are also for you to ask questions and learn more.

Most patients are reviewed every 3-4 months to allow adequate time to assess the condition and its response to treatment.

A shorter review time is given to those who are less well. Those in remission are reviewed in 6-12 months.

We are happy to bring any appointment forward if required. Just contact us.

Your family doctor

Family doctors may not be experts in the conditions we treat, but they provide invaluable support.

Your doctor can help with flares, side effects and general childhood illnesses. This reduces the number of times you have to visit us.

Blood monitoring

This is largely carried out for safety reasons - we can pick up side effects early and modify treatment, if required.

It is also useful in identifying ongoing inflammation in some patients.

See blood tests for further information.

Other investigations

These may be requested to guide treatment and advice. They include:

They are used to assess the extent of inflammation and any damage caused.