Dr David O'Reilly

Consultant Rheumatologist


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I have worked as a consultant rheumatologist at the West Suffolk Hospital for over 24 years. I also have a decade of experience in emergency medicine. I still manage the full range of musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders on a daily basis.

I specialise in the early diagnosis and treatment of inflammation based arthritis, for instance rheumatoid, psoriatic and reactive arthritis. With appropriate conventional treatment tailored specifically to the individual the majority of patients will have the disease well controlled with a much reduced risk of long term problems. For patients with long standing diseases, I have over 15 years' experience in the use of the 'biological' treatments for arthritis conditions. The cost of these drugs have halved recently, however, for the NHS access to these treatments are subject to the same restrictions.

In my every day work I manage all of the common musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, osteoprosis and polymyalgia etc.

In rheumatology good results require a close working relationship between the specialist and the patient over time. To see how seriously I take this relationship see up to date feedback from my patients and colleagues on the "Reviews" page at RheumatologyUK.com.

In 2016 the British Society for Rheumatology named me as a 'Distinguished member' for my contribution to the specialty. My key interest is the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of 'early arthritis'.

To find out how my patients and colleagues regard me see their 2016 feedback on my website.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr David O'Reilly at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Back pain, Sciatica, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Joint pain, Joint injections, Golfers Elbow, Heel Pain, Muscle and soft tissue pain, Soft tissue injections, Hip Pain/Trochanteric Bursitis, Tendon problems, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Hypermobility, Knee pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout, Pseudogout
  • Lupus / SLE, Raynaud's, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis, Lyme disease
  • Polymyalgia, Giant Cell Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Biologic treatments for arthritis (Humira, Benepali), Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Psoriasis Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Dexa scanning

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Additional information

MA MB BChir FRCP / University of Cambridge / 1980
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Professional memberships

Medical Defence Union

General Medical Council

Consultant Rheumatologist,West Suffolk Hospital.