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Dr Christopher Holland

Dr Christopher Holland

Consultant Rheumatologist
MB CHB, FRCP London, FRCP Edinburgh

"Spire Washington Hospital is a pleasure to work in all the staff that I have come in contact with are highly professional, friendly and provide a great working environment for me as a consultant. The facilities are ex…"

Practising at

Spire Washington Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Christopher Holland at Spire include:

Other treatments

Soft tissue and joint pain management with medications, physical therapies and corticoid steroid injections

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Professional profile

I have been a consultant rheumatologist for thirty two years and have broad experience in the diagnosis of all musculo-skeletal rheumatic conditions (of which there are 240). My priority as a specialist is to ensure an accurate diagnosis so that I can provide patients with accurate information about their condition and potential treatments available. I have extensive experience in the provision of soft tissue and joint corticosteroid injections for the relief of pain and inflammation and have a particular interest in patient education.

The investigation and management of the vast majority of rheumatic conditions listed earlier in this profile I can provide within the Spire Washington Hospital, but there are certain conditions where research and the British Society for Rheumatology indicates can be better managed within an NHS Rheumatology Multi-Disciplinary Team. Such conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis and more serious connective tissue diseases and once diagnosis is made and initial treatment commenced I would recommend to both patients and to their general practitioners that their care is transferred to their local NHS Rheumatology Department.

Over the thirty two years of consultant experience I have performed a vast number of soft tissue and joint injections for the relief of pain and inflammation. Some injections are best given under ultrasound control, but others can be injected in the out-patient clinic.


Clinical Interests

Rheumatology
Soft tissue rheumatism
Pain management

The full spectrum of rheumatic diseases:- Soft tissue rheumatism (e.g. shoulder pain, tennis elbow, tenosynovitis) Polymyalgia Rheumatica Osteo Arthritis Neck and back pain Carpal Tunnel syndrome Osteoporosis Widespread pain syndromes / Fibromyalgia syndrome Inflammatory arthritis (eg. gout, rheumatoid arthritis)

Private contact details

Telephone 0191 418 8636
Private secretary Mrs Debbie Wilkinson
Private secretary email debswilk@hotmail.co.uk
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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB / University of Bristol / 1972
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
MBChB – Medical degree achieved after five years of medical training


Professional memberships

British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London and Edinburgh

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Current NHS posts

None, I work solely at the Spire Washington Hospital having previously worked for twenty five years as Consultant Rheumatologist at the Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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Personal Profile

My interests outside medicine include music, playing the guitar, gardening, and being members of both the Natural Trust and English Heritage my wife and I enjoy exploring properties and their grounds throughout the UK and visiting family and friends throughout the UK and Europe. 

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