Dr Neil McKay

Dr Neil McKay

Consultant Rheumatologist
MBBS, BMedSci, DipMedEd, FRCPEd

Practising at

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Neil McKay at Spire include:


Other treatments

Assess and treat all aspects of clinical rheumatology including:

  • Ultrasound imaging expertise to assess joint pain
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Connective tissue disease
  • RA
  • Ankyosing spondylitis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sjogrens,
  • Arteritis
  • Back pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Body pain

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Professional profile

Availability - Murrayfield: Tuesday 2pm-5pm and every other Friday 2pm-5pm. Shawfair: every other Friday 10am-12noon

I studied Medicine and Rheumatology in the North East of England Deanery from 1991, returning to my home city of Edinburgh in 2009. I am a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Lothian Rheumatic Diseases Unit of the Western General Hospital.

I am fully trained in all aspects of clinical rheumatology and possesses advanced expertise in the application of ultrasound to the management of inflammatory joint disease. I diagnose and treat 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.

I focus my 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 I offers the highest quality of care to people with musculoskeletal/inflammatory problems.

Clinical Interests

Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Connective tissue disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Soft tissue rheumatism

Undertakes all clinical Rheumatology work. Sub specialty interest in clinical research, ultrasound imaging, and rheumatoid arthritis. 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.

Private contact details

Telephone 0131 316 2530
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

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

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Current NHS 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
Principal Investigator Rheumatology Clinical Trials and Lead Rheumatic Diseases Unit, Lothian Clinical Research Team

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Personal Profile

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

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