About this service

Our Rheumatology unit is a UK centre of excellence for clinical care, training and research.

The department deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. This incorporates many disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues, including inflammatory arthritis and other systemic autoimmune disorders, gout, vasculitis and soft tissue conditions.

The academic unit is highly respected and is involved in clinical and laboratory-based research. Our patients have the chance to participate in clinical trials and have access to the latest drugs and treatments.

Our service hosts a Behçets’s Syndrome Centre of Excellence, one of only there centres in the country to offer a clinic of this kind.

To find out more about Behcet's syndrome and information on treatment, please visit the dedicated Behcet's Syndrome Centres of Excellence website.

While consultant-led, the centre is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team that provide a high quality, patient focused specialist service to patients with rheumatic diseases. The team provide both inpatient hospital care and out-patient clinics and have access to the medical day care unit to deliver infusions.

Our team run general rheumatology services and also a number of highly specialist outpatient clinics including:

  • Scleroderma service
  • Adult myositis service
  • Early arthritis clinic
  • Ankylosing spondylitis clinic
  • Connective tissue disease clinic
  • Rheumatology / pregnancy clinic
  • Ultrasound
  • Young adult rheumatology/transition
  • Nurse-led clinics for patient education, support and advice and for monitoring patients on biologic therapies
  • Behçet’s Syndrome Centre of Excellence

Aintree Arthritis Trust 

Aintree Arthritis Trust (700627) is a registered local charity, separate to The Aintree University Hospital Charitable Fund (1050542). The Aintree Arthritis Trust is devoted to funding research and education in to the causes and treatments of the various forms of arthritis.


Referral Information

The centre accepts referrals from GPs and hospital specialists.

The Team 

The Rheumatology team includes consultants, doctors, specialist nurses, occupational therapists, and works closely with physiotherapists.

Our senior team includes:

  • Dr Cristina Estrach, Clinical Director, Rheumatology. Consultant Rheumatologist , GMC No: 3700736

  • Dr Jagdish Nair, Consultant Rheumatologist , GMC No: 6084407

  • Dr Robert Thompson, Consultant Rheumatologist , GMC No: 2674292

  • Professor Robert Moots, Professor of Rheumatology

  • Dr Nicola Goodson, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant

  • Dr Marina Anderson, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant

  • Professor Robert G Cooper, Professor of Medicine (Muscle and Rheumatology) , GMC No: 2381084