Broadly speaking, healthcare emergencies affecting people with rheumatological conditions may be obviously unrelated, obviously related or possibly related to their rheumatological condition or specialist medication If your problem is obviously unrelated to your rheumatological condition, you should contact other relevant services, such as your GP, NHS Direct, a Walk-in Centre or the Hospital Emergency Department (A&E).
If you suspect your healthcare emergency problem is or may be rheumatology-related, then depending on the urgency of the problem, the following are some of the options available to you:
Dialling 999 for Emergency Services
Phoning NHS Direct (24 hr service for advice)
Phoning your GP for a routine appointment, an urgent appointment or home visit
Attending an Urgent GP Service
Attending a Walk-in Centre
Attending the Hospital Emergency Department (A&E, Casualty)
If you currently attend the Rheumatology Service at Whiston or St Helens Hospital and you feel the emergency may be dealt with by talking to a local Rheumatology expert, then between 9-5, Mon-Fri, you can phone and speak to a Rheumatology Nurse Specialist (see Telephone Advice).
If you currently attend Rheumatology Clinic at Whiston or St Helens Hospital and you feel the emergency may be dealt with by bringing forward a pre-arranged outpatient appointment, then between 9-5, Mon-Fri, you can speak to the consultant secretary (see Finding us).