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Rheumatology

Current status as of 13 April 2021

Outpatients 

Outpatient clinics are currently taking place at Withybush General Hospital and Prince Philip Hospital.  There is currently no outpatient provision at Glangwili General Hospital but this is under continual review. 

Patients will be managed through conventional face to face contacts as well as through the use of virtual/digital technology wherever possible.

The Rheumatology Service is currently using the digital platform, Attend Anywhere, which allows virtual consultations to be undertaken by video where appropriate. To date, feedback obtained from staff and patients on this digital platform and its functionality has been extremely positive.   

All patients awaiting follow ups continue to be clinically reviewed by a consultant through a patient notes validation exercise supported by telephone communication where needed.

 

Treatments 

Day case attendances are continuing at Prince Phillip hospital, albeit at reduced numbers. The unit is also used for biologic screening and urgent face to face reviews.

 

Future plans

Outpatient clinics will continue to run at Withybush General Hospital and Prince Philip Hospital.  Restarting outpatient activity at other sites will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Further roll out of the Attend Anywhere platform is underway which will support activity for the consultant rheumatologists, clinical nurse specialists and advanced pharmacist.  This will maximise the opportunity to engage with our patients via video consultation.

Patients will be managed through conventional face to face contacts as well as virtual methods. 

We will be working through the waiting list according to clinical priority. All urgent patients will be seen first before we address our routine waiting list. 

Every patient will be patient focused booked through the contact centre as per normal practice.     

Outpatient clinic templates will operate with reduced patient numbers due to the need to comply with PPE and social distancing requirements. 

 

How to make contact

Please refer to your patient letter for contact details or contact the PALS team on telephone number:  0300 0200159 or email: hdhb.patientsupportservices@wales.nhs.uk

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