Occupational Therapy Rheumatology Outpatient Service

The Occupational Therapy Rheumatology Outpatient Service can:

1. Advise on 

    - Looking after joints, to reduce pain and maintain joint integrity 
    - Coping with fatigue 
    - Managing everyday tasks in a manner that does not provoke pain -home/work/leisure 
    - Maintaining hand range of movement and strength using hand home exercise programs 
    - Equipment to maintain independence, function for work, home and leisure activities

2. Teach 
    - Joint protection techniques 
    - Relaxation techniques to help manage pain, fatigue and stress 
    - Fatigue Management skills

3. Provide
    - Equipment to help with difficulties around the home 
    - Commercial and custom made hand splints to help relieve pain/inflammation whilst promoting 
      hand function

Conditions the Occupational Therapy Rheumatology Outpatient Service can help 
    - All types of inflammatory arthritis i.e. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Anklyosing 
    - Osteoarthritis of fingers and thumb 
    - Polymyalgia Rheumatica 
    - Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 
    - Scleroderma 
    - Polymyositis 
    - Dermatomyositis 
    - Gout 
    - Fibromyalgia 
    - Musculo Skeletal Conditions ie: Focal hand dystonia 
    - Hypermobility in hand 
    - Early trigger finger 
    - RSI type conditions – de Quervains 
    - Carpal Tunnel 
    - Tenosynovitis of wrist and hand

Referral to the service

Referrals will be accepted from: 
    - Rheumatology multi-disciplinary team 
    - GP 
    - Physiotherapy 
    - Community and Acute Occupational Therapy 
    - Social Work 
    - Nursing 
    - Self-referral from patients who are currently attending a Northern Trust Rheumatologist

How to refer

Referrals can be made using the common referral form, Rheumatology Clinic Letter or the Occupational Therapy referral form. It should be posted or emailed to an appropriate site (addresses below).

Please include reason for referral. Current diagnosis must be within scope of rheumatology.


Name of OT


Telephone No

Antrim Area Hospital

Helena Magee

45 Bush Road, Antrim, BT41 2RL

028 9442 4418

Fort Centre, Coleraine

Gwyneth Ferguson

Mount Fern Complex, 8 Rugby Avenue, Coleraine, BT52 1JL

028 7034 7857

Mid Ulster Hospital

Una McKenna

59 Hospital Road
BT45 5EX

028 7936 6753

Whiteabbey Hospital

Helena Magee

New Ward Block
Whiteabbey Hospital
Doagh Road
BT37 9RH

028 9055 2326


Page last updated:29 June 2016