"Diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis"

About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Gateshead)

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I was referred to the QE after a conversation with my GP.

My first consultation with the consultant and his team showed the skill,competence and capability of this well regarded department.

I received an immediate diagnosis for my condition and was prescribed medication to ensure that no time was lost in stabilising matters.

I was given a written brief about my condition and received encouragement from the consultant who said that I would be back to my old self within six months.

One month on and I have had a session with a Rheumatology nurse who gave me practical advice and two further sessions with both a Physiotherapist and Occupational therapist at Bensham.

It is a real pleasure to be able to compliment the QE and it's highly professional staff in delivering such an excellent service.

I am feeling so much better and my experience demonstrates that the NHS can and does deliver excellence to patients.

Congratulations and sincere thanks to all concerned.

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Response from Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Many thanks for taking the trouble to pass on such detailed, positive feedback. This is always a pleasure to receive. We shall make sure these comments are passed on to the staff concerned.

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