About Us

​The Rheumatology Department deals with the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting joints, muscles and bones. In particular, we treat inflammatory conditions such as:

•             Rheumatoid arthritis

•             Psoriatic arthritis

•             Lupus

We work closely with local GPs to help patients get the best possible treatment for their condition.  Please talk to your doctor who will explain how you can be referred.  Self –referral forms are also available at local GP practices. 

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Senior Team Members


Dr Rikki Abernethy

Dr Adrian Clewes

Dr Julie Dawson

Dr Pippa McCaffrey

Clinical Manager/ Rheumatology Nurse Clinician

Jacqueline Novak

Clinical Nurse Specialists Rheumatology

Angela Cox

Elaine Williams

Joanne Gee

Charlotte Howden

Biologics Nurse Specialist:

Jan Williams

Biologics Nurse

Clare Bennett

Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist

Yvonne Hough

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist

Debbie Lenton

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St Helens Hospital– Ground  Floor, Purple Zone

Whiston Hospital– Main outpatients department, Level 1, Yellow Zone

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Contact Us

St Helens Hospital

Reception: 01744 646436 or 646437

Nurse advice: 01744 646457 
Blood monitoring: 01744 646439 
Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapists:  01744 646454 
Dr Abernethy Secretary: 01744 646612 
Dr Dawson Secretary: 01744 646611 
Dr Clewes Secretary: 01744 646612

​Whiston Hospital

General outpatient appointment enquiries: 0151 430 1234 

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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