Rheumatology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Rheumatology Department provides treatment and care to patients with diseases of the musculoskeletal system – bone, joint and connective tissue disease.

Our team of dedicated doctors and nurses provide expert care and treatment for many types of rheumatic and arthritis disease.


The Rheumatology Department is based in Area A of the Outpatient Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Contact details

You can contact us on the following numbers:

Appointments: T: 020 8333 3216

Nurse helpline: T: 020 8836 6932

Dr Dolan’s secretary: T: 020 8836 4914

Dr Coakley’s secretary: T: 020 8836 4923

Dr Mathews’ secretary: T: 020 8836 4914

What conditions do we treat?

We see patients with a range of conditions, including the following:

  • Inflammatory arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis associated with psoriasis and ankylosing spondylitis
  • Connective tissue disease – Vascultis, including Wegener’s granulomatosis, polyarteritis nodosa, Behcet’s, Churg-Strauss and temporal arteritis
  • Polymyalgia Rhematica
  • Gout
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoperosis
  • Paget’s Disease

What services do we provide?

We have five dedicated clinic rooms and a dedicated infusion suite and run general rheumatology clinics and other specialist clinics.  We provide all of the following:

  • daily clinics, morning or afternoon, Monday to Friday
  • specialist clinics in osteoporosis, complex back pain and connective tissue diseases such as lupus and Sjögren’s syndrome
  • an injection clinic
  • rapid access service to ensure we see and assess patients with suspected inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • EMG – to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome
  • bone density scans to assess osteoporosis and fracture risk
  • a telephone helpline run by specialist nurses – offering ongoing care and support for patients diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis. Our nurses will assess and train patients requiring biologic injection therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis

Who are our services for?

Our services are for patients aged 16 or over.

How can I refer to the service?

Patients will need to be referred to our services via their GP.

Key Staff

Dr Louise Dolan MA FRCP (Cantab)

Dr Dolan has been a consultant since 1996. She has a special interest in osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis and PMR.  She is a Trustee of the National Osteoporosis Society and is Divisional Director for Cancer & Chronic Care at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Dr Gerald Coakley Ph.D FRCP

Dr Coakley has been a consultant since 2000.  His interests are inflammatory arthritis, Felty’s syndrome, and fibromyalgia. His research interests are in septic arthritis and clinical research in rheumatoid arthritis.  He was Director of Medical Education from 2003 to 2013, and is now Clinical Director for Rheumatology, Neurology and Dermatology at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Dr Catherine Mathews  MSc  FRCP

Dr Mathews has been a consultant since 2006.  Her interests include the early diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis.  She has a major interest in medical education, which she pursues both within the organisation, and externally with the Royal College of Physicians.

Specialist Nurses

Ratidzo Maboreke provides clinical support and infusions and maintains a helpline for patients under follow up with the department; Leah Irungu provides our infusion service