Consultant Profile

Dr Neil McKay

Dr Neil McKay Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh MBBS, BMedSci, DipMedEd
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, Spire Shawfair Park Hospital
  • Rheumatology
    • Connective Tissue Disease
    • Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Soft tissue rheumatism
Special clinical interests:

Dr Neil McKay undertakes all clinical Rheumatology work. 

Neil has sub specialty interest in clinical research, ultrasound imaging, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Neil McKay specialises in the use of ultrasound for the rapid assessment of musculoskeletal joint pain. The inflammation treatment imaging examination (intime) facilitates immediate detection and treatment of rheumatic musculoskeletal inflammation pending any further required investigations.

Research interests:

Dr Neil McKay is the NHS Lothian principle investigator for multiple New anti – rheumatic disease treatment studies and co-ordinates a team of clinical researchers. Dr Neil McKay leads the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group and is the Faculty lead of the UK sonography synovitis course. Dr Neil McKay was a co-applicant and contributor to the Arthritis research UK funded MSUS education project.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Rheumatologist, Lothian Rheumatic Diseases Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
NHS Research Scotland Clinical Research Fellow
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh 

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Fellow of Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
Member of the British Society Rheumatology
Member of the Scottish Society Rheumatology
Member of the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0131 316 2530
Private secretary email address:
Murrayfield: Tuesday 2-5pm, Friday 2-4pm. Shawfair Park: Friday 10am-12 noon alternate weeks
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Neil McKay studied Medicine and Rheumatology in the North East of England Deanery from 1991, returning to his home city of Edinburgh in 2009. Neil is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Lothian Rheumatic Diseases Unit of the Western General Hospital and also undertakes monthly clinics in the NHS Borders General Hospital.

Neil is fully trained in all aspects of clinical rheumatology and possesses advanced expertise in the application of ultrasound to the management of inflammatory joint disease. Neil diagnoses and treats a large number of people with a wide variety of musculoskeletal complaints affecting any part of the musculoskeletal system including the multisystem rheumatic conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis and connective tissue disease. Dr Neil McKay has focused his interests on the care of people with rheumatoid arthritis particularly those who may have early or active disease symptoms.

Drawing on this clinical and diagnostic experience Dr Neil McKay offers the highest quality of care to people with musculoskeletal  /  inflammatory problems.

Personal profile:

My 2 young children keep me busy and I enjoy football and cycling.

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Dr Neil McKay

Dr Neil McKay Rheumatology Consultant, Edinburgh, private hospital specialist.

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