Coronavirus guidance

Restrictions remain in place and inside all of our hospitals you still need to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow social distancing. Please see information for visitors > before you plan on visiting.


We provide a full range of care from the assessment to treatment of all types of rheumatic disease, including disorders of the joints, muscles, bones and tendons such as arthritis, connective tissue disease and degenerative joint disease.

The rheumatology department is a multidisciplinary team comprising doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists supported by dedicated secretarial and administrative staff.

Rheumatology Patients and Covid-19 vaccines

The Doctors and Nurses at UHDB strongly recommend that all patients are fully vaccinated if at all possible.

If a Rheumatology patient is on immunosuppressant treatment at the time of their 1st and 2nd vaccines then their 3rd vaccine  should be thought of as a Primary Vaccine. They then need a 4th vaccine ( their 'booster' ) 3 months later.  

Information about the need for a 4th vaccine ( a booster) and how to get it is not yet available on the Versus Arthritis website. Please use the advice on the following link, which is for people on identical immunosuppressant medication: visit Crohn's & Colitis UK website (opens in new window) >

Visit the VersusArthritis website for latest information on vaccines for Covid-19 (opens in new window) >

Rheumatology Patients and New Treatments for Covid 

The NHS is now offering new antibody and antiviral treatments to people with coronavirus (COVID-19) who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill. Many rheumatology patients with inflammatory conditions, who are being treated with the more potent immunosuppressive treatments, or with steroids, will be eligible for this.  

For more information on this treatment please visit the NHS website: access NHS website for information on treatments for coronavirus (opens in new window) > 

If you were previously on the old Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)  list you will be sent an NHS letter and a PCR testing kit to use should you think you have COVID. If the test is positive you will be contacted about treatment. 

Hospital departments were asked on 21st December to start to identify patients who might be eligible for the treatment but who are not on the CEV list, and then write to them with instructions. This will unfortunately take a few weeks.  

If you have not had the NHS letter about this treatment (with the PCR test) already then please take the following steps: 

1. Have a PCR test kit ready at home (order online or through 119) 

2. Take a PCR test if you get coronavirus symptoms 

3. If the PCR test confirms that you have coronavirus: call your GP practice or 111 so they can refer you for potential treatment. 

Royal Derby Hospital and Florence Nightingale Community Hospital


Rheumatology Clinic
Ward 4
Level 3 (follow the signs for Ward 4)
Florence Nightingale Community Hospital
London Road

Day Case Unit
Ward 201
Level 2, Rehabilitation Block
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 3NE

Nearest car park: 6


Appointments office | Telephone: 01332 254848

Nurse advice line | Telephone: 01332 787 710

Blood form request line | Telephone: 01332 787 700

Queen's Hospital


Outpatient Department Reception A
Queen's Hospital Burton
Belvedere Road
Burton on Trent
DE13 0RB

Medical Daycase Unit and Ward 7
Queen's Hospital Burton
Belvedere Road
Burton on Trent
DE13 0RB

Day Treatment Centre
Queen's Hospital Burton
Belvedere Road
Burton on Trent
DE13 0RB

Telephone: 01283 566 333 ext 4112