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Dr Helen Harris

Dr Helen Harris

Consultant Rheumatologist
BA, MB BCh BAO, ECFMG, MRCPI,MD

Practising at

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Helen Harris at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Rheumatology 
  • Ultrasound guided corticosteroid join injections
  • Ultrasound guided hyaluronic acid joint injections
  • Hylauronic acid joint injections without ultrasound guidance (knee only)

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Professional profile

Availability - Murrayfield: Wednesday 1pm-3.30pm.

I graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1989 and undertook medical training in Ireland before being accepted as a Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. I was mentored by Prof. Joan Bathon, was awarded the Sir John Banks medal for research and conferred with a MD in 2000. I undertook clinical training in SLE with Prof Michelle Petrie and in Scleroderma with Prof F. Wigley during my three year Fellowship. I then worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology in Edinburgh for four years before being appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist for NHS Fife in 2001. I use internationally agreed diagnostic criteria and treatment pathways to manage all Rheumatology conditions.

I am the Chairperson of Scottish Lupus Exchange and is the Treasurer and a Tutor of the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group.


Clinical Interests

Rheumatology
Back pain
Connective tissue disease
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Lumbar spine disorders
Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis
Pain management
Rheumatoid arthritis
Soft tissue rheumatism

Early Inflammatory Arthritis Clinics using Ultrasound to assess the joints. Ultrasound guided injections are used to treat both inflammatory arthritis (corticosteroid) and Osteoarthritis (Hyaluronate). Clinics for patients with SLE, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Myositis, Scleroderma, Antiphospholipid Syndrome and other autoimmune conditions. I also have an interest in diagnosing and managing patients with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Hypermobility Syndrome and Osteoporosis. I am expert in the diagnosis and management of Gout. I see patients from 16 years old upwards. All patients are offered a copy of their clinic letter that will be sent to the GP. The letter summarises diagnosis, further investigations, treatment and care pathway.

Private contact details

Telephone 0131 316 2530
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
Member of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
Member of the Scottish Society of Rheumatology
Member of the British Society of Rheumatology

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Rheumatologist NHS Fife
Honorary Senior Lecturer St Andrew's University

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Personal Profile

I enjoy playing the piano, yoga, learning Italian and reading in my spare time.

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