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For patients

This area is intended for patients, carers and relatives of people affected by disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

It contains practical information on conditions.

Flare advice

Inflammatory Arthritis: Flare Management for Patients (pdf, 220 KB)

Patient Education Group

The Patient Education Group is held monthly, for patients referred via Rheumatology Consultants or Advanced Practitioners, generally after a new diagnosis of a rheumatoid condition.

Patients can self-refer via: 01865 737508

The two-and-a-half-hour sessions are open to any patients with an inflammatory disease and give patients the opportunity to meet the multidisciplinary team, speak with other rheumatoid patients and collect information booklets on aspects of living with rheumatoid conditions.

First Tuesday of the month 9.45am - 12.15pm
Lecture Theatre, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Quarterly sessions are held at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Please find below a copy of the slides currently being shown to our patients at our monthly Patient Education Group. For more information please contact us.

Patient Education Meeting December 2017 (pdf, 3 MB)

Patient Support Group

Alternative support for patients is available from the Patient Support Group, co-ordinated by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), which is run by patients and supported by the NOC team.

Second Tuesday of the month 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Lecture Theatre, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

These sessions are run every two months in January, March, May, July, September and November.

10 September 2019 - What is the role of gut bacteria in RA and AS?
Prof. Paul Bowness, Professor of Experimental Rheumatology in Oxford.

12 November 2019 - Rheumatology and the Eye
Roz Painter, Nursing Team Lead in Opthalmic Imaging, Oxford Eye Hospital

Second Wednesday of the month 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Training Room, Horton General Hospital

These sessions are run every two months in February, April, June, August, October and December.

They are very relaxed informal meetings, which patients can attend when they like, with no need to book.

For all our meetings and events, we encourage patients to bring friends or relatives along.

For more information please email: