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Rheumatology Services at Pall Mall Medical

Our specialist Rheumatology department offers appointments and consultant led services at our private CQC regulated clinics in Manchester, Newton-Le-Willows and Liverpool.

We are renowned for quick and efficient diagnosis and treatment options. Offering appointment bookings for both adults and children (paediatrics) without the need for any NHS referral - meaning you can simply call and book a private Rheumatology appointment at your convenience.

With fast track appointment bookings, you can see an expert who can help you get to the bottom of a number of issues, helping you focus on regaining or maintaing your functional ability and quality of life. When further investigations are needed, Pall Mall Medical can give you access to on site state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities including Ultrasound, X-ray, MRI and CT scanning, which can assist with the rapid diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.


What is Rheumatology?

Rheumatologists specialise in detecting, treating and managing patients with rheumatic conditions such as arthritis. Rheumatic conditions can cause pain, inflammation and swelling in the joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues. Musculoskeletal conditions can affect people of all ages, although some conditions such as arthritis are more common in older people.

The cause of rheumatology related conditions can be defined in a number of ways including synovial or muscle biopsies and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Treatment for these conditions include pain relief injections in the soft tissue and joints, including in areas of the back, pain relief tablets or you may be referred to see a physiotherapist or podiatrist


Clinics and treatments offered for:

  • Disorders affecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, intervertebral discs,meniscus and bursa.
  • Degenerative joint diseases. Osteoarthritis . Knees, hips and chronic back and neck pain
  • Inflammatory disorders, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Ankylosing-spondyli-tis
  • Connective tissue disease (Systemic Lupus Erythematous, Scleroderma).
  • Soft tissue disorders, (fibromyalgia and hypermobility)


Who needs to see a Rheumatologist?

Are you delayed in receiving treatment under the NHS? Would you like a private second opinion that is independant and un-biased with treatment recommendations? Try our private service and beat the long waiting lists to get help sooner.

Any patient can benefit, especially if you are

  • Experiencing muscle and joint pain which is not resolving normally
  • Have autoimmune or rheumatic disease (as these conditions run in families)
  • Your symptoms are significantly worsening over a short period of time


These disorders can fluctuate in severity over time and while symptoms can improve or temporarily resolve when initially treated by a GP, they can return once e.g medication is stopped. When this occurs, treatment should not be delayed and you should consider an immediate booking with a rheumatologist.

Joint damage can occur very early if the symptoms of joint pain are ignored or not treated properly over a period of time. This damage cannot always be reversed with treatment and may be permanent. Do not delay appropriate evaluation.


What Happens At My Rheumatology Appointment?

Our Consultant Rheumatologist will gather a complete medical history and may perform a physical exam to look for signs and symptoms of inflammation/pain throughout the entire body and musculoskeletal system.

Our Consultant Rheumatologist will review the results of any prior testing that has been performed on a patient and may order additional blood tests to assess inflammation or to help diagnose symptoms and is able to order on site radiographic testing (X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI) to assess for musculoskeletal abnormalities.

Once the diagnosis is developed an individual treatment plan will be put forward with the patient. Treatment recommendations may include medications, joint/tendon injections, physiotherapy or occupational therapy. Several visits for the rheumatologist might be necessary to fully investigate the underlying issue, condition or cause of symptoms.

Focus is often directed toward improving coping mechanisms, techniques for preventing disability and regaining function, and ways to improve their quality of life.


One-off (Single) Rheumatology Appointments

Individual appointments are available. You can book a single consultation with a private rheumatologist if you want some quality time for e.g. a second opinion, some independant advice or to discuss any specific concerns you may have. All appointments at Pall Mall Medical are confidential and discreet. Dont forget, we do not share your records with the NHS.


Paediatric Rheumatology Service

Pall Mall Medical provide family friendly appointments with paediatric rheumatology services available. Children’s Rheumatology can look at common problems with rheumatic diseases which often involve swelling and inflammation in the joints or muscles. Read more

The experts here at Pall Mall Medical can diagnose and treat a number of rheumatology issues in children including the following:


Hypermobility means the joints can stretch further than normal, which can cause pain and stiffness in joints and muscles, the joints to dislocate and cause recurrent injuries such as sprains. Treatment options include lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, improving sleep patterns and taking low-impact exercises to improve muscle strength and core stability.


Symptoms of lupus (also known as systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE) include joint pain, rashes and a lack of energy. Symptoms can vary greatly between individuals. Lupus is usually treated by immunosuppressive medication.

Musculoskeletal pain

Musculoskeletal pain refers to pain in the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Symptoms can be caused by injury, sport or even day to day activities. Symptoms include localised or general pain, aching muscles and fatigue. Once a diagnosis has been given then the pain may be treated with physical therapy, footwear advice, cognitive and acceptance therapy, anti-inflammatory medication or lifestyle changes such as stress reduction.


Why Choose Pall Mall Medical?

NO referral letters needed - you dont need permission from the NHS

NO waiting lists - immediate appointments available

  • Family Friendly - paediatric rheumatology appointments available too!
  • Convenient - appointments both daytime and outside of school or work hours
  • Independant - expert and unbiased advice that is not influenced by the NHS
  • Locations - Liverpool, Manchester and Newton-le-Willows (St Helens)


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For further information or to book a private Rheumatology appointment or service, please contact our dedicated customer service team on 03300 58 44 55, complete our online enquiry form or email us on
Our clinic facilities in Liverpool, Manchester and Newton-Le-Willows are wheelchair friendly, with full disabled access; provide FREE wifi and access to hot/cold drinks.


Our specialists

Dr Philip Riley

Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

Dr Philip Riley is a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, available for appointments at our Manchester clinic. He can see children up to the…

Dr Philip Riley

Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist

Dr Philip Riley is a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, available for appointments at our Manchester clinic.

He can see children up to the age of 16 and can help with hypermobility, juvenille arthritis, lupus, msk pain and juvenille dermatomyositis