Dr Neil McKay

Dr Neil McKay

Consultant Rheumatologist

MBBS, BMedSci, DipMedEd, FRCPEd

Specialises in

  • Rheumatology
  • Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Musculoskeletal pain

I am fully trained in all aspects of clinical rheumatology and possess advanced expertise in the application of ultrasound for the management of inflammatory joint disease. I diagnose and treat a large number of people with a wide variety of musculoskeletal complaints affecting the musculoskeletal system. This includes the multisystem rheumatic conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis and connective tissue disease.

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, Western General Hospital.

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 offer the highest quality of care to people with musculoskeletal/inflammatory problems.


General Medical Council Number: C4410333

Treatment information

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


Other treatments

Assessment and treatment of all aspects of clinical rheumatology including:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Arteritis
  • Back pain
  • Body pain
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sj√∂gren's syndrome
  • Ultrasound imaging expertise to assess joint pain

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Additional information

Connective tissue disease
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Rheumatoid arthritis
Soft tissue rheumatism

Special clinical interests: 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.

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

I am the NHS Lothian principle investigator for multiple new anti-rheumatic disease treatment studies and co-ordinate a team of clinical researchers. I lead the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group and am the Faculty lead of the UK sonography synovitis course. I was a co-applicant and contributor to the Arthritis research UK funded MSUS education project.

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

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