I have recently been diagnosed with RA by Professor D Cruz at the Lupus unit at St Thomas'. As he specialises in lupus and APS he said I might be better going to a rheumatologist who specialises in RA.
I was hoping to be referred to a hospital more local to me (I live in Gloucestershire) until I read reviews about the hospital and patients rarely getting to see the consultant. As I understand the first year after a diagnosis of RA is very important. I am looking for a hospital which hopefully someone with RA has had good experiences of. UCLH sounds as though it has a good rheum department for RA from what I've read and from the survey results, but I'm just wondering if anyone from the forum can give a bit more information about their experience there and if they can recommend a particular rheumatologist as they seem to have a lot!