A hospital department that supports around 35,000 patients every year will celebrate its 21st birthday next week.
Chapel Allerton Hospital’s internationally respected rheumatology department transferred from Royal Bath Hospital, in Harrogate, in 1994 and has been the scene of clinical advances looking at conditions such as inflammatory arthritis.
Team leader Lynda Bailey and biologics nurse specialist Domini Bryer, who have been with the unit 21 years, aim to mark the milestone by celebrating past achievements on May 6.
Lynda said: “The time has just flown by and this is a great time to pause and reflect on how far we have come and all we have achieved.
“The skills and scope of the work of the rheumatology department have developed hugely over the last 21 years and we pride ourselves on a friendly service designed around the needs of all our different groups of patients.”
Chapel Allerton is also home to the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, which was created in 2008, and the work of that facility will also be featured on the day.