Referral of Patients with Hot Joints

The rheumatologists in Gateshead have developed new guidelines for the management and referral of acutely inflamed joints. There is a simplified version suitable for OOH use in the guidelines section. Please pay particular attention to the flow chart and information to include in referrals.


There has been an alert issued about a confirmed cased of anthrax in a drug user in Scotland. Intravenous drug users are at increased risk of contracting anthrax. Here is a link to the HPA website on the issue: