Bury MSK

Who is the service for?

This service is for all patients either referred in by their GP or seen by another Consultant who needs an assessment, diagnostic and treatment of suspected Rheumatoid disease.

What does the service provide?

The Pennine Rheumatology Centre will offer specialist enhanced outpatient and day case facilities for patients across Pennine. It will treat patients with a number of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus and other connective tissue diseases, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

The centre will offer complex infusion treatments and techniques such as ultrasound, biologic infusions and joint injections. It will also be a centre for rheumatology expertise and research, and will offer speedy treatment for patients who are experiencing a flare up in their condition.

Who will patients meet while under your department’s/service’s care?

The centre is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of Rheumatologists, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists. Unit Manager, staff Nurses, health care support workers.

When is the service available?

The centre will be open 8am-6pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 4pm on Friday.

Where is the service provided?

The Pennine Rheumatology Centre at Rochdale Infirmary will offer specialist enhanced outpatient and day-case facilities, allowing patients to receive care from a range of professionals in one place, and where possible, on the same day.

Level C, Rochdale Infirmary, 
Whitehall Street
, Rochdale
, Lancashire, 
OL12 0NB

Department contact details

PRC Rochdale -

Practical information

Please bring details of medicines currently being taken to all out-patient appointments. When being admitted please refer to your confirmation letter for specific guidance on what to do before attending the hospital.

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Key staff/consultants


Dr Masroor Ahmad – Clinical Lead
Dr Malack Alachkar
Dr Andrew Bowden
Dr Leena Das
Dr Vinodh Devakumar
Dr Joanna MacGowan
Dr Sarah Moore
Dr Sophia Naz

Rheumatology Specialist Nurses:

Marie Ashburner RGN
Joanne Bull RGN
Christine Deasey RGN
Sue Fildes RGN
Emma Joesbury RGN.NMP.MSc.
Meryl Wilson RGN.MSc (Distinc)
Bernice Winstanley