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Doctors / Consultants

There are several doctors in Paediatric Rheumatology and it is likely you will meet more than one of us when you visit. You may also be seen by one of the specialist registrars in rheumatology or a visiting Fellow (overseas doctor), who join the team for six to twelve months. These doctors are at a senior level in their training and soon to become consultants themselves.

Meet the doctors

Picture of Anne Miller, Associate Specialist in RheumatologyPicture of Nick Wilkinson, Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

Dr Kathy Bailey

Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

Dr Joel David

Consultant Rheumatologist at the NOC

Dr Akhila Kavirayani

Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

Dr Joanne May

Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist (locum)

How can we help?

We are responsible for making a diagnosis and forming a treatment plan with you and the other members of the team. We will discuss any recommended medicines.

We will:

Picture of Sally Edmonds, Consultant RheumatologistPicture of Joel David, Consultant RheumatologistPicture of Ros Jefferson, Consultant Paediatrician
  • arrange investigations such as X-rays, ultrasound scans or MRI scans
  • take blood tests if necessary for diagnosis
  • inject joints with steroids in clinic or under a general anaesthetic if the patient is young.

We will write to your GP each time you come to clinic, to let them know what has happened and about the decisions we have taken with you and the team. A copy will be sent to you as a summary of your consultation to keep for your records.

How do we fit in with the rest of the team?

We work closely with all members of the team.

We will ask other team members to see you in clinic the same day if required. Alternatively we may discuss specific concerns at one of our weekly team meetings and a team member will arrange a review with you soon after. Similarly, other team members give feedback to us at team meetings.

What happens at an appointment?

This depends on the clinic.

In most clinics we will see the patient together with family members to discuss concerns and for a physical examination (usually top to toe). In our adolescent clinic we see the patient first on their own and parents are invited in afterwards.

You will often see more than one doctor, including an eye doctor (ophthalmologist), and one or two other team members. It is possible you will not see the same doctor each time, but if you have a preference we will try to accommodate this.