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Southmead Hospital

  • The rheumatologist with an interest in axial SpA (AS) is Dr Paul Creamer.
  • This is a full time specialist rheumatology physiotherapy department that offers an axial SpA (AS) education course for newly diagnosed patients (4 x 2 hours sessions) including education exercise and hydrotherapy. Patients can apply to repeat the course if they feel it is of benefit.
  • The department offer yearly reviews in the physiotherapy department to monitor spinal movement and symptoms.
  • Axial SpA (AS) biologics clinics are run by specialist physiotherapists and specialist nurses.
  • The team also covers Cossham Hospital.
  • Weekly hydrotherapy group
  • Link to OT for fatigue service
  • Telephone clinic for AS Biologic follow up (patient preference)
  • Structured programme to allow AS patients to reduce biologics if stable at 2 years (B-TRIM)
  • Participation in national research studies, especially focusing on fatigue
  • Patients can contact Physiotherapy when they are in flare to request a review however, the department also encourage them to use local NASS group run on every Wednesday for easy access to hydrotherapy and gym exercise.