LUPUS UK has named The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), as a LUPUS UK Centre of Excellence in recognition of the Bath-based hospital’s multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment and management of the condition.
The RNHRD, part of the Royal United Hospital, is one of only six centres in the UK to achieve this accolade. A plaque marking the announcement was unveiled by local celebrity Dr Phil Hammond on Tuesday 1st March 2016.
Sue Brown, Consultant Nurse and member of the Connective Tissue Disease (CTD) service at the RNHRD has been a cornerstone of the Trust’s clinical service for lupus patients, Sue says:
“We’re really pleased that the RNRHD has been awarded this prestigious recognition. Our focus is always on what is best for each individual patient and so our approach is very personalised. Lupus is currently incurable but treatable and manageable, especially if diagnosed early. As well as providing intensive treatment and therapy we offer people with lupus the opportunity to learn new coping skills and techniques which could help them gain more control over symptoms and energy levels.”
“Our group education programme also provides a valuable opportunity for those with lupus to meet with others with the same condition; it can feel quite daunting when you are first diagnosed and discussing your feelings, worries and concerns can really help.”
“LUPUS UK is delighted to make the award of LUPUS UK Centre of Excellence to RNHRD. Strong criteria have had to be fulfilled and assessment visits made to the Lupus Unit to ensure that exacting standards set by LUPUS UK have been achieved by Prof Neil McHugh and his team.”
“All lupus patients attending the LUPUS UK Centre of Excellence at RNHRD can be assured that they are receiving excellent care from a medical team dedicated to providing the best possible treatment and to enabling the patient to be as well and active as possible.”