Rheumatology Consultants from the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust welcomed local healthcare colleagues to the 3rd Annual Reading Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound study day held in the Training and Education Centre at the Royal Berkshire Hospital last week.
The event, run as part of the Wessex Ultrasound Initiative, a group which has been running for several years to promote learning and development of musculoskeletal ultrasound amongst rheumatologists in the region, gave delegates an opportunity to try out the hospital’s new high-tech ultrasound machine funded by the Royal Berks Charity.
Dr Joanne Kitchen, Consultant Rheumatologist and organiser of the day said: “The focus of the meeting was ‘Ultrasound in seronegative arthritis’. Seronegative arthritis encompasses several conditions which lead to inflammation of the joints and soft tissues. Ultrasound allows us to directly visualise this inflammation.
“We were delighted that Professor David Kane from Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin could join us as our key note speaker and also take part in the practical sessions. Delegates were given the opportunity to practice their ultrasound skills on patient volunteers, with guidance from Professor Kane and myself.
“The RBH has a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, which is used in the department to enhance diagnosis for better patient care. This has improved the patient experience and allowed further development of training for other doctors and allied health professionals within our department.
“I would like to say a very big thank you to the patients who kindly gave up their time to attend the day which proved to be a great success with extremely positive feedback.”