Dr Dayavathi Ashok

.Dr Dayavathi Ashok

MBBS, MRCP (London) FRCP (London & Edin) AHEA

Consultant Rheumatologist

I have been working as a Consultant Rheumatologist since 2008 and have broad experience in the diagnosis of all musculo-skeletal rheumatic conditions. My priority as a specialist is to ensure an accurate diagnosis so that I can provide patients with accurate information about their condition and early management.  I have extensive experience in the provision of soft tissue and joint injections for the relief of pain and inflammation and have a particular interest in managing early inflammatory arthritis. I was leading the Early arthritis service in my previous NHS Trust. 

I was appointed to the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust in July 2017 as a substantive Consultant Rheumatologist.

Before moving to Chelmsford, for 9 years I was a substantive Consultant Rheumatologist at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Durham. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate study in General Medicine in India and came to the UK in 2000. I did my senior house officer training post mainly around London and completed my MRCP in 2002. I undertook specialty training in Rheumatology and General Medicine from Oxford Deanery. Following my higher specialist training, I was awarded the certificate of specialist training (CCST) in GIM and Rheumatology from Royal College of Physicians London.

I have a special interest in early arthritis. I have had two posters at the international meetings on early arthritis. Furthermore, I have experience in musculoskeletal ultrasound, which complements my interest in early arthritis. 

Medical Education is an area I am heavily involved. I have been awarded an Associate of the Higher Education Academy by the Royal College of Physicians in 2011. I am involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, GPs and nurses, in addition to my significant contribution for the MRCP examination board.

I have an active interest in research and is the principal investigator in three major multicentre clinical trials in the NIHR portfolio, in addition to pharmaceutical sponsored clinical studies.

Early Arthritis, Soft tissue rheumatism, Osteoarthritis, Neck and Back pain, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Osteoporosis, connective tissue disease, polymyalgia rheumatica, temporal arteritis and chronic pain syndromes/Fibromyalgia.

Procedures include: Aspiration of knee, ankle, shoulder and wrist joints and joint injections. Any soft tissue injections such as tennis elbow, golfers elbow, trochanteric bursitis, carpal tunnel injections and trigger finger injections. Injection to the small joints depending on the pathology.   

Dr Tom Walton

.Dr Tom Walton


Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Walton is a Consultant Rheumatologist with special clinical interests in soft tissue rheumatology, gout, rheumatoid arthritis and paediatric rheumatology. Dr Walton is a member of the British Medical Association, the British Society of Rheumatology and the Royal College of Physicians.

Having qualified as a doctor in 1992 from the University of London, Dr Walton went on to train in General Medicine & Rheumatology at St Thomass’, Guy’s & Kings College Hospitals in London, where he completed research into the Management of Painful Shoulders and Connective Tissue Disease. Dr Walton joined Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust in 2002. He has been heavily involved in education as Royal College Tutor and is both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Clinical Tutor in Rheumatology.

Dr Walton is responsible for the management of over 800 patients with inflammatory arthritis and is the Department Lead for Paediatric Rheumatology.

He has a special interest in and has developed local treatment guidelines for the management of gout.
In addition, he has developed new services, including a joint clinic with a hand surgeon.