Rheumatology services

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If you are on certain medications for your rheumatological condition you could be at a higher risk of complications should you contract Coronavirus. 

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The Rheumatology department consists of seven Consultant physicians, six rheumatology nurse specialists and a ST3 and ST2 doctor based at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital. Other allied health professionals include ESPs, Physiotherapists, occupational therapists and links to community podiatry.  The team are based over the 3 main hospital sites and hold clinics on those sites and also offer appointments in clinics held in the community.

Meet the Rheumatology team in East Kent

Dr Farhan Bari - Lead Consultant

Dr Bari completed postgraduate specialist training in Rheumatology in Wales and was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist at Kent & Canterbury Hospital in September 2015. He has special interest in inflammatory arthritis including Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis.  

Clinics: Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Estuary View Whitstable and William Harvey Hospital

  • Secretaries:  01227 864233

  • Advice Line :  01227 783156

  • Specialist Nurse: Hazel Malley 07768 858723 and Rachel Skelton 07909 842929


Dr Sunil Sukumaran - Consultant

Clinics:  William Harvey Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone.

  • Secretaries: 01233 616267      

  • Advice line: 01233 616267       

  • Specialist Nurse: Ruth Thompson 07973 946987                   


Dr Denise De Lord - Consultant

Dr De Lord qualified from University College Hospital, London in 1990 and completed her postgraduate training in the South Thames region. She was appointed as a consultant rheumatologist and general physician at the QEQMH in 2002. General rheumatology services are provided. Dr De Lord has a special interest in lupus and vasculitis and is educational and clinical supervisor for the ST3 and CT1 doctor. She has recently introduced (Autumn 2021) a Kent and Medway Regional Multi-Disciplinary Team approach for the approval of Tocilizumab for GCA and is further develioping the use of ultrasound for diagnosis of GCA.

     Clinics: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital     

  • Secretaries: 01843 235082

  • Advice line: 01843 235047

  • Specialist Nurse: Carol Maidment 07920 205622


Dr Abdul Khan - Consultant

Dr Khan has attained extensive experience in Rheumatology and General Medicine having trained in London Deanery in renowned teaching hospitals in London. He has expertise in General and Complex Rheumatologic conditions with ultrasound skills for the diagnosis and management of various Inflammatory Musculoskeletal conditions.

Dr Khan has a strong interest in research especially with Inflammatory Arthritis. Currently working as Consultant Rheumatologist and physician at Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital Margate, involved in Musculoskeletal  ultrasound training  of Specialist Registrars and also supervisor of Core Medical Trainees.

     Clinics: Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital Margate and Estuary View Medical Centre Whitstable    

  • Secretaries: 01843 235055

  • Advice line: 01843 235047

  • Specialist Nurse: 07815 649620


Dr Parul Shrestha - Consultant

Clinics:  William Harvey Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone.  

  • Secretaries: 01233 616227

  • Advice line: 01233 616032

  • Specialist Nurse: Vinoja Dhas (Lead Nurse) 07831 725140


Dr Shafaq Abbas - Consultant

Clinics:  Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Buckland Hospital Dover and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital 

  • Secretaries: 01227 864233

  • Advice line: 01227 783156

  • Specialist Nurse: Hazel Malley 07768 858723 and Rachel Skelton 07909 842929


Dr Aleksandra Szachowicz - Consultant

Clinics: William Harvey Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital Folkestone. 

  • Secretaries: 01233 616032

  • Advice line: 01233 616032

  • Specialist Nurse: Vinoja Dhas (Lead Nurse) 07831 725140 and Ruth Thompson 07973 946987


Rheumatology Occupational Therapists

  • Sue Hambidge: WHH and K&C

  • Gemma Williams: KCH and QEQM       

Rheumatology Extended Scope Practitioners
Extended Scope Practitioners are physiotherapists who have extended their practice, in a specialist area, to encompass tasks that may previously have been undertaken by the medical profession.

  • Hannah Chambers:  Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Rheumatology WHH and KCH

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