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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.   

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