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Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust is a dynamic and successful organisation, winner of the Hospital of the Year award 2010, with a strong organisational and personal development focus.

The Rheumatology department provides services in the main outpatient departments at The Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH), Acre Mill and an outreach clinic at Todmorden in the Health Centre. We work in partnership with primary care physicians, clinical care commissioners and patients to deliver excellent services across the region.

During the last 12 months we have assessed 1800 new patients and 8000 review patients. We aim to deliver high quality care for our patients and also work closely with the specialist centre in Leeds.

What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatology involves the diagnosis and therapy of conditions and diseases of the joints, muscles, bones and tendons. There are more than 200 forms of arthritis. They can be broadly categorised into: 

  • Inflammatory Arthritis such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Connective Tissue Disease such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, Scleroderma, Sjögrens Syndrome, Myositis and Vasculitis.
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Temporal Arteritis.
  • Osteoporosis. 

We do see new patients with osteoarthritis or Gout, but we do not follow them regularly as this is best done by a patient's General Practitioner

Meet the team


Dr Cheryl Fernandes (CRH) and Dr Omer Sharif (CRH & HRI) provide dynamic leadership to the team and comprehensive consultancy service in assessing and managing the rheumatology diseases. We are involved in continuous improvements in the service and also provide regular teaching to the medical students and doctors in training. We form part of the regional network of Rheumatologists in Yorkshire, based in Leeds.

Specialist nurses

The Rheumatology nursing team currently consists of 4 specialist Rheumatology nurses, Julie Madden, Lynda Taylor, Lucy Morrison and Louise Brook. Our role is to support the patient and carers to discuss and explain diagnosis, listen to any concerns, and arrange treatment and monitoring according to the best evidence and national guidance. We also run a telephone clinic for patients who have questions about their medications or need advice and can help with managing a flare. We do repeat prescriptions for your disease modifying therapy until you are on a stable dose. All of the specialist nurses can inject joints. We work closely with the Medical Day Case Unit and administer medications via infusions two days per week.

Services we offer

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Medical day case facilities – for infusions
  • Outreach clinics in Todmorden
  • Inpatient reviews

How to contact us

Rheumatology secretaries  – 01422 224278. Please leave a voice message including your details, problem, and contact number.

Rheumatology telephone clinic (via Appointments centre) - 01484 355370