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Dr David O'Reilly
Dr David O'Reilly
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COVID 19 VIRUS PANDEMIC: TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS

  • From the 23rd of March Dr O'Reilly switched to on-line consultations only using ‘FaceTime’, ‘WhatsApp’ and ‘Zoom’ software.  This is recommended by the National Health Service, the General Medical Council and the national regulations on slowing the spread of the virus. 
  • Most medical insurance companies have approved this, however insured patients should confirm the ‘on-line’ appointment with their insurers beforehand. 
  • Most ‘Private’ Hospitals are severely restricting ‘Face to Face’ outpatient or closing outpatients.

Enquires about appointments can be emailed to Dr D O’Reilly directly via the contact page at RheumatologyUK.com or at david.oreilly@nhs.net

Dr David O’Reilly is a Rheumatologist with over 25 years years experience. 

He completed his trained at the University of Cambridge in 1980 and  practised as a  Consultant in Rheumatology at the West Suffolk Hospital until July 2019. This included 10yrs as a Consultant Physician in Emergency Medicine.  He is registered by the GMC as a specialist in Rheumatology and General (internal) Medicine: GMC number 2672661.

Dr O’Reilly has long experience in the wide range of Rheumatology problems. His special expertise is early diagnosis and treatment of inflammation based arthritis eg rheumatoid, psoriatic and reactive arthritis. For patients with difficult disease he has over 15 years' experience in the use of the 'biological' treatments for arthritis conditions. His clinics are held weekly in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Bedford.

Dr O’Reilly was also an investigator in national and international studies in Rheumatoid, Psoriatic and Osteoarthritis. In  2016 he was awarded the title of "Distinguished Member" by the British Society for Rheumatology in recognition of his work in the specialty.  He is a member of the Trial Steering Committee of the STRAP Trial in Rheumatoid Arthritis (https://www.nras.org.uk/strap-trial).

His clinic appointments are all booked at 45 minute intervals to give plenty of time for assessment and explanation. He is happy to be contacted by his patients directly by email or mobile phone for advice and to discuss care.

In Rheumatology good results require a close working relationship between specialists and patient. To see how seriously he takes this relationship see feedback from patients and colleagues on the "Reviews" page at RheumatologyUK.com.

 

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Medical Procedures

  • Joint injection 
  • Shoulder injection 
  • Bursitis injection
  • Knee injection
 

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Special Interests

  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Lupus / SLE
  • Joint pain 
  • Shoulder pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Polymyalgia
  • Giant Cell Arteritis 
  • Dexa scanning
  • Back Pain
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Sciatica
  • Raynaud's
  • Neck pain
  • Injections
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle pain
 

Education

Education:

  • Cambridge University School of Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital
  • Medicine in Nottingham and Rheumatology in Manchester

Memberships:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • British Society of Rheumatology: made Distinguished Member” in 2016 for work in the speciality
  • National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
  • National Osteoporosis Society
 

Verified Patient Reviews

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4.9

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4.9

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4.9

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We had an online consultation, due to us being in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, so the normal routines of a consultant's appointment were cast to one side. But the clarity and helpfulness of Dr O'Reilly shone through the restrictions of using Face Time and by the end of the consultation I had a much clearer understanding of both my condition and how it may effect me in the future.
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28-03-2020
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Very thorough and understanding
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24-03-2020
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Friendly, thoughtful approach to a detailed examination and discussion, and a most helpful follow-up.
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19-03-2020
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I am so glad I took this private Consultation after the NHS failed me, I was referred to Rheumatology Appt in a local Hospital but with an 11 week wait, after already suffering much pain for 11 weeks I could not contemplate a further 11 weeks. I did have investigations but that was all. Dr O'Reilly was friendly, informative and professional, he has diagnosed me, started me on treatment and after only one dose I had a dramatic, and to me miraculous relief from pain and disability, I am ecstatic. I have maintained this improvement after 5 doses and feel I have my life back again. This could be it, or it could be a start I know, but that is a welcome relief.
Patient seen for:Pain and disability over most joints
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16-03-2020
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Have suffered with back pain for over 2 years I felt like I had got to a dead end with the NHS having to fight from one place to another in order to be taken seriously and to get the help I required. In my appointment with Dr O'Reilly I was very satisfied with the service I received. I felt as though I was listened to and got feedback based upon what I was saying and not a textbook answer coming from a robot which is what it has been like trying to get somewhere with the NHS. The feedback I got from Dr O'Reilly was very helpful and I believe his knowledge of my condition was put across very well to allow him to relate to myself on a personal level.
Patient seen for:Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
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04-03-2020
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I found my experiance at Biddenham was very positive and productive, Mr O.Reilly was very sympathetic and understanding of my problem, and hopefully has put me on the right path to find out what is actually going on in my hip joints ,and hopefully with his suggestion of having some xrays we will discover the best way of moving forward.
Patient seen for:Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
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04-03-2020
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I saw Dr O'Reilly when suffering from sciatica. The pain was excruciating and I had not slept for several days because of it. He treated me with care and compassion. He carried out a thorough examination, prescribed stronger painkillers and referred me for an MRI and blood tests. This reassured me as I was concerned about doing exercises which might make the pain worse or exacerbate the problem. He followed up with phone calls to check I was OK. I would recommend seeing Dr O Reilly if you have sciatica and want to know what the exact cause of the problem and for it to be dealt with quickly.
Patient seen for:Sciatica
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03-03-2020
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I met Dr David O’Reilly at least 8 years ago for an injection in my shoulder. My memory lets me down BUT I do remember an extremely pleasant man who immediately put me at my ease and dealt with my complaint professionally and efficiently . Now to 2020, I use the word, fortunate enough to seek his help again and frankly, I cannot speak more highly of him. I could wax lyrical but the point is I have been very ill and Dr O’Reilly immediately set about getting to the bottom of my illness, delingently and with thoroughness, going so far as to use the word, passionately. From the first moment, I felt total conviction I was seeing the right consultant, calm, gentle and assuring with a delightful twinkly sense of humour AND a doctor who listened to his patient and would reassure me by phone or email. A rare individual who obviously loves his far ranging medical training.
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28-02-2020
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Dr O'Rielly was very thorough in his explanations, he went through everything with me in a manner that made it easy to understand.
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25-02-2020
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Saw Dr O'Reilly who is charming and thorough. He made me confident in his diagnosis and promptly answered a number of my follow-up questions by email.
Patient seen for:OsteoarthritisDupuytren’s Contracture
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15-02-2020
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