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Darent Valley Hospital

  • Dedicated axial SpA (AS)  clinic every second month. Patient education is one of the aspects emphasised during these consultations both by Physicians and also the Nurse specialist.
  • Fatigue management and Self Help During Flares courses for all axial SpA (AS) patients currently being planned for roll out
  • The rheumatologist with an interest in axial SpA (AS) is Dr A A Jilani
  • The department has a very helpful secretary who is up-to-date with the needs of axial SpA (AS) patients, and promptly deals with funding requests for biologic therapy for qualifying patients
  • There are also three very experienced Specialist Nurses. They are well versed in carrying out measures such as BASMI and proactively screen patients for treatment escalation to biologic therapy
  • The department also have a close relationship with an ophthalmologist
  • The team also covers Chelsea & Westminster Hospital