Richard is Judy's champion

PUBLISHED: 02:01 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth woman is backing an Exeter hospital consultant who has been championed for his work with inflammatory arthritis patients. Consultant rheumatologist Dr Richard Haigh is one of 20 healthcare champions for patients with rheumatoid arthritis attend

AN Exmouth woman is backing an Exeter hospital consultant who has been championed for his work with inflammatory arthritis patients.Consultant rheumatologist Dr Richard Haigh is one of 20 healthcare champions for patients with rheumatoid arthritis attending a celebratory event on June 4, organised by the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society at the House of Commons in London. Judy Prew, of Exmouth, was one of many patients who nominated the consultant to become a champion. She said: "Dr Haigh has been excellent. Although he is very busy, he is always able to fit me in for an extra appointment, if necessary."Dr Haigh, who has worked at the RD&E for six years, said he was delighted to have been nominated for his work."It's always great when the rheumatology service gets positive feedback from patients, but this award reflects the fantastic work of a whole team, not just me," he said. "I make the diagnosis and consider the best way of dealing with the condition, but there's a team of secretaries, specialist nurses and expert therapists who know our patients well and support them through their treatment."There is currently no cure for the condition, which affects approximately three times more women than men.The onset is generally between 40-60 years of age, although the disease can strike at any age.

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