East of England

Eastern England consists of six counties (Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex) and one principality (Sealand), covering about 7,000 square miles. The 2010 census estimated the population in Eastern England at about 5.5m. NHS Rheumatology is delivered through secondary care centres in Cambridge, Peterborough, Kings Lynn, Huntingdon, Norwich, Bedford, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford, Basildon, Southend, Watford, Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead and Harlow.

There are two teaching hospitals – Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge and the Norfolk and Norwich. Undergraduates from Cambridge and UEA are taught at some of the region’s rheumatology units and London Medical Schools students are taught at some of the units in the SW of the region.

Regional chair: Dr Daniel Fishman 

Contact email: daniel.fishman@ldh.nhs.uk

Useful links

Basildon: Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals
Consultants: Dr Nagui Gendi, Dr Anurag Bharadwaj

Bedford: Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Consultant:  Dr Sarah Rae

Bury St Edmunds: West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Consultants: Dr David O’Reilly, Dr Vivek Rajagopal, Dr Shweta Bhagat

Cambridge: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrooke’s Hospital)
Consultants: Professor Hill Gaston , Dr Gavin Clunie, Dr Frances Hall, Dr Nick Shenker, Dr Andrew Őstör, Dr Ken Poole, Dr Abishek Abishek and Dr Jonathan Rees

Chelmsford: Mid Essex Hospitals Services NHS Trust (Broomfield Hospital)
Consultants: Dr Arul Srinivasan, Dr Dev Mukerjee, Dr ‘Mani’ Subrahmanyam

Colchester: Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Consultants: Dr Simon O’Neill Daunt, Dr Paul Byrne, Dr Tom Walton

Great Yarmouth: James Paget University Hospitals NHS Trust
Consultants: Dr Joegi Thomas, Dr Damu Makkuni

Harlow: The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Consultant: Dr Khalil Ahmed

Hemel Hempstead: West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Consultant: Dr Sundeep Bhalara, Dr Adam Young

Huntingdon: Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust
Consultants: Dr Mark Lillicrap, Dr Frances Hall, Dr Sayam Dubash, Dr Shazia Abdullah

Ipswich: The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Consultants: Dr Richard Watts, Dr Suzanne Lane, Dr Lynne Shand, Dr Anita Weerakoon

King’s Lynn: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
Consultants: Dr John Williams, Dr John Pradeep, Dr Imran Riaz

Norwich: The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Consultants: Dr Peter Merry, Dr Karl Gaffney, Dr Tarnya Marshall, Dr Chetan Mukhtyar

Peterborough: Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Consultant: Dr Sandeep Dahiya

Southend: Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Consultants: Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta, Dr Waymain ‘Ray’ Wong, Dr Tania Gordon, Dr Frances Borg

Stevenage: East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (The Lister Hospital)
Consultants: Dr Allan Binder, Dr Jeremy Axon, Dr Spencer Ellis, Dr Jananath Wijeyekoon

Watford: West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (Watford General Hospital)
Consultants: Dr Krishnan Baburaj, Dr Lena Patel

Specialist training

There are 21 training posts for ST doctors in training in rheumatology in eastern England at 14 different hospitals. Training is under the supervision of the East of England Postgraduate multi-professional deanery based in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire. The majority of trainees are training in GIM/rheumatology. The current training programme director is Dr Spencer Ellis (Lister Hospital, Stevenage) and chair of the training committee is Dr Gavin Clunie (Cambridge).

Clinical fora

There are two regularly active clinical fora in the region. The East Anglian Rheumatology Society (EARS) meets once every three months in a central location (The British Racing School, Newmarket) each meeting hosted by a different hospital unit in rotation. The current EARS secretary is Dr Sarah Rae, Bedford.

The Essex Rheumatology Association (ERA) meets every three months near Chelmsford. The meetings are organised and convened by Dr Tania Gordon, Southend. Meetings primarily focus on clinical issues, though particularly at EARS. The meeting is used to discuss some governance issues relating to delivery of rheumatology care.

Independent providers

Currently there is one independent provider of rheumatology services in the region. CIRCLE took over the running of Hinchinbrook Hospital, Huntingdon in 2011-12. Another independent healthcare provider, SERCO, took over Suffolk Community Services – thus some community based musculoskeletal services and physiotherapy, in 2012.