The Cambridge Metabolic Bone Clinic

Dr Adrian Crisp, Consultant in Rheumatology and Metabolic Bone Diseases, now offers fast access to assessment, diagnosis and treatment for bone diseases at The Cambridge Metabolic Bone Clinic at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital.

Dr Crisp established the Metabolic Bone Unit and the Bone Density Unit at Addenbrooke’s  Hospital and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the 1980s and has offered a first rate service in bone diseases to the patients of Cambridge, East Anglia and farther afield ever since.

About the Metabolic Bone Clinic

The Cambridge Metabolic Bone Clinic is dedicated to the assessment and treatment of patients with osteoporosis and other forms of metabolic bone diseases, including Paget’s disease of bone, vitamin D related disorders and less common bone disorders.

One in two women and one in five men over the age of 80 in the UK will fracture a bone, commonly hip, spine or wrist, mainly due to poor bone health. The aim at The Cambridge Metabolic Bone Clinic is to evaluate patients at an early stage to prevent the complications of osteoporosis, and treat patients at the earliest possible stage to prevent additional disease manifestations.  

Diagnosis may include testing such as DEXA (bone density) scans, on which Dr Crisp reports results at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital,  and blood tests.  

There are now many effective treatment options to prevent first or further fractures and potentially severe disabilities including: 

  • Weekly bisphosphonates by mouth (eg alendronate and risedronate)
  • Annual intravenous infusions of zoledronate
  • Subcutaneous injections of denosumab twice a year
  • Most treatments are combined with calcium and vitamin D supplements to maximise effect
  • Lifestyle advice including muscle strengthening programmes

When is the Cambridge Metabolic Bone Clinic open?

Dr Crisp holds two clinics weekly on Wednesday mornings, Friday mornings and Saturday mornings.

What should I do next if I want to come to the Cambridge Metabolic Bone Clinic?

  • Insured Patients
    Simply visit your GP and ask them to refer you to Dr Adrian Crisp. Your GP will write a letter of referral and then you can contact us on 01223 266 990 to arrange your first out-patient appointment. Please check with your insurer that the treatment will be covered under your policy.
  • Self Pay Patients
    For self-pay treatments, simply call us on 01223 266 929 to request a guide price or to discuss your personal situation. Dr Crisp accepts self-referrals without the need to visit your GP.

How to contact us

  • For self-pay treatment enquiries please call 01223 266 929
  • For all other enquiries please call the hospital on 01223 266 900
  • To make an outpatient appointment please call 01223 266 990
  • Alternatively complete our online enquiry form and we can call you

Cambridge Fracture Clinic


We offer a premium private orthopaedic service for patients that have been seen in an emergency department and need follow up. Find out more about the Cambridge Fracture Clinic


The Rheumatology specialists at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital work with patients to treat, control, and manage a wide range of conditions. Click here to read more

Physiotherapy at Progress

The physiotherapy team at Progress provide specialist, personal, professional and highly skilled private treatment. Our staff undertake regular continuing professional development, helping to ensure that our treatments are up to date with all the latest developments in physiotherapy practice.

Scans and investigations

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital offers a broad range of tests, scans and investigations to help your GP or consultant make as accurate a diagnosis as possible. Our investigations include MRI, DEXA, CT, X-Ray, Mammogram and many more. Click here to read more

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About Dr Adrian Crisp

Dr Adrian Crisp was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge and University College Hospital, London (UCH). He gained wide postgraduate experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and General Practice before focussing on General Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolic Bone Diseases at UCH. He undertook further specialist training in Rheumatology and Metabolic Bone Diseases at Guy's Hospital, London and at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

On appointment to Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1985 he founded the clinical service in metabolic bone diseases and osteoporosis and raised funds for the first Bone Density Unit in East Anglia in 1989. He combines a busy clinical practice in bone and joint diseases with a strong interest in medical education. He was Associate Dean in the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and Eastern Postgraduate Deanery from 1998-2005. He was Director of Studies in Clinical Medicine at Churchill College, Cambridge from 1991-2011, and is a Fellow of Churchill College.

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