Rheumatology staff profiles


DavidCollins200Dr David Collins

Medical qualifications: BSc, MB BS, MD, FRCP, FRCPI

Dr David Collins trained in medicine at St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK, qualifying MB, BS in 1982.

He trained further in general medicine, and specialised in Rheumatology.

He was awarded his doctorate (MD) for research into bone cell biology in 1992 under supervision of Professor Tim Chambers in London.

He achieved specialist recognition in General (Internal) Medicine and Rheumatology in 1995.

He was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist to Great Western Hospital Swindon in 1995.

Dr Collins is currently Director of Research for the trust and a Divisional Director of the West of England Comprehensive Local Research Network.

He practices in all aspects of clinical rheumatology and holds general rheumatology clinics in Swindon, Cirencester and Fairford and also a specialist bone health clinic in Swindon.


Dr Elizabeth Price

Dr Elizabeth Price trained in medicine at the University of Wales in Cardiff.

She practices in all aspects of clinical rheumatology and holds general rheumatology clinics at both Great Western Hospital in Swindon and Savernake Hospital in Marlborough.

She has a specialist interest in Sjogren's Syndrome and runs a specialist Sjogren's clinic accepting Tertiary referrals.

She is a Trustee and Medical President of the British Sjogren's Syndrome Association (BSSA).

Her interest in Sjogren's dates from her Research Fellowship at The Kennedy Institute in London where she completed an MD thesis under the supervision of Prof Venables.

She currently focuses on extraglandular manifestations of the disease and clinical research into Sjogren's and is a member of the steering committee for the UK Primary Sjögren's Syndrome registry.

In addition she is Chair of the Heberden Committee of the British Society of Rheumatology which organises the main annual Rheumatology meeting.

In addition to clinical work she is an Associate Medical Director at GWH where she has responsibility for the Unscheduled Care Directorate.


Dr Lyn Williamson

Medical qualifications: BM BCh, MA (Oxon), DCH, MRCGP, FRCP

Dr Williamson trained in medicine at Oxford University Medical School, qualifying in 1980.

Before specialising in Rheumatology she trained in general medicine and general practice.  

She has worked as a consultant rheumatologist in Swindon since 2000.

She practices all aspects of general rheumatology, and holds general rheumatology clinics at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon and Cirencester Hospital.

In addition she manages the local service for children with childhood arthritis.

She is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Oxford University and Bristol University Medical Schools.

Dr Azeem Ahmed

Dr Azeem Ahmed

Medical Qualifications: MbChB, MRCGP, MRCP

Dr Ahmed was awarded his MbChB with commendations from The University of Liverpool in 2001.

He achieved specialist recognition in General internal Medicine and Rheumatology in the Oxford Deanery in 2015.

He was appointed Consultant General Physician and Rheumatologist to Great Western Hospital Swindon in 2015.

Dr Ahmed practices in all aspects of rheumatology and has a particular interest in vasculitis. 

Dr Sara Cardy 160

Dr Sara Carty

Medical Qualifications: MB BS

Dr Sara Carty trained in Newcastle upon Tyne graduating in 1997.

She did her general medical training and initial rheumatology training in Nottingham and North Manchester before moving down to the South West.

She spent a year in Bath before training in South Wales where she then moved into an academic post where she gained her PhD looking at cytokine interaction in the pathogenesis of Rheumatoid arthritis.

She was appointed as a Consultant in Newport in April 2008 where her special interests include biologic therapy, Ankylosing Spondylitis & lung disease in arthritis.

Sara takes an active role in education -teaching junior doctors and allied health professionals and acts as an academic mentor and interviewer for medical undergraduates. 

Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist Team

LynneKerton200Lynne Kerton, Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Lynne joined the team in 2002 just prior to the opening of new Great Western Hospital.

She completed her basic nurse training in Abergavenny and has since worked in Haverfordwest and Cirencester hospitals.

Before joining the Rheumatology Department, she spent most of her time working in accident and emergency and outpatients departments.

She also has experience working on general and elderly care wards.

Since joining the Rheumatology Department, Lynne has become a nurse prescriber and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Rheumatology.

She has a special interest in inflammatory arthritis and early rheumatoid arthritis. 

Tracy Arnold 200Tracy Arnold, Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Tracy joined the team in 2009.

After originally training in London, Tracy moved to Swindon and worked in many areas, but the last position held was giving chemotherapy in Day Therapy Centre.

She has a keen interest in biologic treatments for inflammatory conditions, and currently runs the education workshops for people newly-diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Gill Ortiz, Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist


Gill joined the team in 2010 after previously working as a Rheumatology Research Nurse within the same department.

Previous to this she was the hospital Falls Co-ordinator.

Gill originally trained as a nurse in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in 1984 and has worked in Swindon since 1987.

Gill runs nurse-led clinics as well as the nurse advice line.

She has a specialist interest in inflammatory conditions. 


NatashaChesterman200Natasha Chesterman, Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist

Natasha joined the team in 2014, having previously worked on a haematology/gastroenterology inpatient unit, intensive care unit and the Prospect Hospice.

She has spent the last 13 years working on a Day Treatment Area.

For the last five years of this she managed Coate Water Unit, which specialised in chronic illnesses including Rheumatology.

Natasha runs nurse-led rheumatology clinics as well as the advice line and has a special interest in all types of inflammatory arthritis.

SuzannahPegler200Suzannah Pegler, Rheumatology Research Practitioner

Suzannah is an Occupational Therapist by profession and has worked in psychiatry and with carers' support services.

She joined the team in August 2011 to increase and maintain the research activity in the department.

She manages a wide variety of clinical trials and research studies across all rheumatology specialities and works closely with the Rheumatology Team in supporting patients recruited to any research activity.

Lucie Kay, DAWN Service Administrator

Lucie's background includes a variety of administration roles and voluntary work.

She now runs the DAWN Blood Monitoring and Prescription Service.

This service provides patients with prescriptions and blood forms for their rheumatology condition and ensures patients are safely monitored whilst on these medications.

Lucie also generates the prescriptions for several home delivery companies.


In 2006 the rheumatology nursing team won an award for 'Innovation in Rheumatology' and a 'Special Achievement' award.

The team have also been nominated for 'Team of the Year' award in 2015. 

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