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“Extremely clean, tidy and organised Hospital. Staff were all well dressed, well trained, very polite and calming. My post op visit was very reassuring, I have felt extremely well looked after, a first class experience.”Mrs C
“I was very pleased with everything at Baddow Hospital and I would be more than happy to return (if necessary) Thank you all so much”Mr G
“I have never been in an environment where I have left so comfortable and at ease prior to any treatment. All staff well and truly magnificent, cheerful and pleasant manner and a credit to your company.”Mr L
“ I had expected a 6-8 week wait with the NHS, I was booked in for my procedure within 2 weeks. Superb and excellent facilities, felt like being in a hotel.”Mrs E
“I was warmly greeted by lovely receptionists. The Waiting area was light and airy with todays Newspapers at hand with plenty of tea, coffee and water facilities.”Mrs K
“Very clean, friendly staff. Will not be going back to NHS, very impressed with the level of service and care.”Mrs J

Gout Treatment

Gout is intensely painful inflammatory arthritis, with attacks usually striking very quickly and often during the night.

Gout is caused by a substance called uric acid forming urate crystals in your joints, which can lead to painful inflammation.

Your symptoms may include:

  • Intensely painful, red, hot and swollen joints.
  • The skin over the joint appearing shiny and sometimes peeling.

Usually, gout causes symptoms in your big toe, but can also affect:

  • Joints in the midfoot
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Fingers.

Gout rarely affects joints towards the centre of the body, such as the spine, shoulders or hips. If several joints are inflamed at once, this is called polyarticular gout.

Urate crystals can also collect outside the joints and may even be seen under the skin, where they form small, firm white lumps called tophi. These aren’t usually painful but can break down, discharging pus-like fluid containing gritty white material.

Untreated gout is associated with a higher risk of heart disease and possibly kidney disease. If left untreated, crystals of urate build up in the body and can cause joint damage and increase the risk of other conditions such as heart disease. The treatment of gout is effective and can reduce the number of attacks of gout by 90%.

Find out more about gout here.

If you suspect you may have gout, contact the Rheumatology Team at Baddow Hospital and make an appointment with one of our Private GPs.

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