Dr David O'Reilly

Dr David O'Reilly

MA MB BChir FRCP

Rheumatology

38 years of experience
27 years as a specialist
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
4.9
Bedside Manner
4.89
Explanation
4.89

Top feedback

“Dr O'Reilly came across as interested, thoughtful and knowledgeable. He listened carefully to my story and performed a thorough physical examination before explaining his findings and conclusions. He gave clear reasons for his findings and came up with a plan for the future. A full report was e-mailed to me and my GP within a few days. I was very satisfied with the prompt consultation and report and have no hesitation in recommending him. “
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • Royal College of Physicians: 10879
  • General Medical Council: 2672661
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £260

    Follow-up appointment: £220

    Practices worked at

    BMI The Manor Hospital

    Church End Biddenham, Bedford, United Kingdom, MK40 4AW
    21 reviews

    BMI St Edmunds Hospital

    St Mary's Square BURY ST, EDMUNDS, United Kingdom, IP33 2AA
    9 reviews

    Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

    30 New Road Impington, Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB24 9EL
    0 reviews

    About

    • Dr O'Reilly offers l 'face to face' appointments for new and follow up patients. These are available at the Spire Lea and Nuffield hospitals in Cambridge and the BMI hospitals in Bury St Edmunds and Bedford.
    • All appointments, new and old, are booked at 1 hour intervals so there is plenty of time for assemment and then explanation of findings.
    • Video consultations are still available and the timing of appointments is very flexible. These are best for 'follow up' appointments to discuss test results, response to treatment etc
    • Most medical insurance companies have approved video consultations, however insured patients should confirm these appointments with their insurers beforehand.

    Enquires about appointments can be emailed to Dr D O’Reilly directly via the contact page at RheumatologyUK.com or at david.oreilly@nhs.net

    Dr David O’Reilly is a Rheumatologist with over 25 years years experience.

    He completed his trained at the University of Cambridge in 1980 and  practised as a  Consultant in Rheumatology at the West Suffolk Hospital until July 2019. This included 10yrs as a Consultant Physician in Emergency Medicine.  He is registered by the GMC as a specialist in Rheumatology and General (internal) Medicine: GMC number 2672661.

    Dr O’Reilly has long experience in the wide range of Rheumatology problems. His special expertise is early diagnosis and treatment of inflammation based arthritis eg rheumatoid, psoriatic and reactive arthritis. For patients with difficult disease he has over 15 years' experience in the use of the 'biological' treatments for arthritis conditions. His clinics are held weekly in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Bedford.

    The Dexa scanning service he leads reports over 1500 patient scans per year, almost all of these for the local NHS but private scans can be requested at www.dexascanner.co.uk

    Dr O’Reilly was also an investigator in national and international studies in Rheumatoid, Psoriatic and Osteoarthritis. In  2016 he was awarded the title of "Distinguished Member" by the British Society for Rheumatology in recognition of his work in the specialty.  He is a member of the Trial Steering Committee of the STRAP Trial in Rheumatoid Arthritis (https://www.nras.org.uk/strap-trial).

    His clinic appointments are all booked at 60 minute intervals to give plenty of time for assessment and explanation. He is happy to be contacted by his patients directly by email or mobile phone for advice and to discuss care.

    In Rheumatology good results require a close working relationship between specialists and patient. To see how seriously he takes this relationship see feedback from patients and colleagues on the "Reviews" page at RheumatologyUK.com.

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    Medical procedures

    • Joint injection 
    • Shoulder injection 
    • Bursitis injection
    • Knee injection
     
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    Special interests

    • Gout
    • Bursitis
    • Lupus / SLE
    • Joint pain
    • Shoulder pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Psoriatic arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Polymyalgia
    • Giant Cell Arteritis
    • Dexa scanning
    • Back Pain
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Sciatica
    • Raynaud's
    • Neck pain
    • Injections
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Muscle pain
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    Education

    Education:

    • Cambridge University School of Medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital
    • Medicine in Nottingham and Rheumatology in Manchester

    Memberships:

    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
    • British Society of Rheumatology: made Distinguished Member” in 2016 for work in the speciality
    • National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
    • National Osteoporosis Society
     
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    Reviews

    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr O'Reilly came across as interested, thoughtful and knowledgeable. He listened carefully to my story and performed a thorough physical examination before explaining his findings and conclusions. He gave clear reasons for his findings and came up with a plan for the future. A full report was e-mailed to me and my GP within a few days. I was very satisfied with the prompt consultation and report and have no hesitation in recommending him.

    Patient seen for:
    Inflammatory Arthritis
    01-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I recently had an initial consultation and follow-up with Dr O’Reilly. He was very kind and caring in his approach and had a friendly manner. Dr O’Reilly is clearly very knowledgable in his field and took the time to provide thorough explanations. At no point did I feel rushed during my consultation and Dr O’Reilly was happy to listen and give advice regarding other issues that cropped up during the appointment. He also offered reassurance and some helpful advice for going forward. Following my consultations, Dr O’Reilly promptly provided a detailed report, which I received just a few days later via email. I found Dr O’Reilly to be very helpful and I would not hesitate to recommended him to others.

    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    25-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I recently had an initial consultation and follow-up with Dr O’Reilly. He was very kind and caring in his approach and had a friendly manner. Dr O’Reilly is clearly very knowledgable in his field and took the time to provide thorough explanations. At no point did I feel rushed during my consultation and Dr O’Reilly was happy to listen and give advice regarding other issues that cropped up during the appointment. He also offered reassurance and some helpful advice for going forward. Following my consultations, Dr O’Reilly promptly provided a detailed report, which I received just a few days later via email. I found Dr O’Reilly to be very helpful and I would not hesitate to recommended him to others.

    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    25-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I FOUND MY EXPEIREANCE VERY ENLIGHTNIGN . GOOD ALROUND SUPPORT.

    Patient seen for:
    Rheumatology
    Joint Pain
    Osteoporosis
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
    Back Pain
    17-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Excellent. Helped bring forward appointment and fitted me in sooner due to my concern about symptoms. Calm, caring and understanding. Explained everything brilliantly and has been 100% supportive throughout the diagnosis. His experience shone through throughout and gave me complete reassurance I was in safe hands.

    Patient seen for:
    arthritus
    16-08-2020
    Overall
    4
    Explanation
    4
    Bedside Manner
    4

    Very professional

    Patient seen for:
    Tennis Elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
    07-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr David O`Reilly offered careful analysis and a thorough report, as well as comprehensive examination. This was a luxury and I am very grateful as the worst effects of MSK have now diminished enormously in regard to pain and aches - which is due to the mitigating effects of living without the stress of not finding help for the problem of a patient who needed to communicate with their doctor, which he managed to do successfully too. I wish I could find more doctors like him, as well as people like him, everyday. I can strongly recommend him to all who need more than ordinary demanding seemingly unresolving problems which the NHS may find difficulty when pressing complex priorities are not only present but ongoing.

    03-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I saw Dr O’Reilly after going round in circles with The NHS not agreeing with what might be wrong. From the moment I made contact, I knew I had made the right choice. Dr O’Reilly offered prompt replies and was really approachable. During my initial consultation he was friendly and I felt very listened to and not at all rushed. He dealt with a wide variety of my symptoms in a systematic way and I have never received such a detailed follow up letter and further plan. He offered reassurance and answered all my questions. I was also very impressed that post-appointment I also have the ability to ask follow up questions via email or phone, should I need to. The best consultant I’ve seen (and I’ve seen quite a few during the last few years!) I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

    03-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I chose dr.D.O’Reilly because I saw him approximately 20 years ago and at the Time he gave very comprehensive report on my condition. After my recent fall my knee continues to be extremely painful. Due to C-19 restrictions I was unable to see my GP and therefore I contacted dr.D.O’Reilly who was kind enough to see me and Has been very helpful.

    Patient seen for:
    as above, Xray
    27-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr O'Reilly was very helpful in seeing me promptly and talking me through his procedure while examining me. Since the appointment, he has also kept in regular contact and replies promptly - a very positive experience all round.

    Patient seen for:
    Rheumatology
    Joint Pain
    03-07-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr O’Reilly has been fantastic with me since I made contact with him. He is easy to talk to, professional and makes you feel like your issues and pain are important to him. I am very impressed with his help so far, much better than my experience with rheumatology on the NHS. I highly recommend Dr O’Reilly’s services.

    28-04-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    In these difficult times I found the video consultation work very well. Extremely professional and explained the next steps. And discussed how to go forward. Also sent the report to my Gp. I cannot fault anything we discussed.

    Patient seen for:
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
    13-04-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    4
    Bedside Manner
    5

    We had an online consultation, due to us being in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, so the normal routines of a consultant's appointment were cast to one side. But the clarity and helpfulness of Dr O'Reilly shone through the restrictions of using Face Time and by the end of the consultation I had a much clearer understanding of both my condition and how it may effect me in the future.

    Patient seen for:
    Rheumatology
    28-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very thorough and understanding

    24-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Friendly, thoughtful approach to a detailed examination and discussion, and a most helpful follow-up.

    19-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I am so glad I took this private Consultation after the NHS failed me, I was referred to Rheumatology Appt in a local Hospital but with an 11 week wait, after already suffering much pain for 11 weeks I could not contemplate a further 11 weeks. I did have investigations but that was all. Dr O'Reilly was friendly, informative and professional, he has diagnosed me, started me on treatment and after only one dose I had a dramatic, and to me miraculous relief from pain and disability, I am ecstatic. I have maintained this improvement after 5 doses and feel I have my life back again. This could be it, or it could be a start I know, but that is a welcome relief.

    Patient seen for:
    Pain and disability over most joints
    16-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Have suffered with back pain for over 2 years I felt like I had got to a dead end with the NHS having to fight from one place to another in order to be taken seriously and to get the help I required. In my appointment with Dr O'Reilly I was very satisfied with the service I received. I felt as though I was listened to and got feedback based upon what I was saying and not a textbook answer coming from a robot which is what it has been like trying to get somewhere with the NHS. The feedback I got from Dr O'Reilly was very helpful and I believe his knowledge of my condition was put across very well to allow him to relate to myself on a personal level.

    Patient seen for:
    Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    04-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I found my experiance at Biddenham was very positive and productive, Mr O.Reilly was very sympathetic and understanding of my problem, and hopefully has put me on the right path to find out what is actually going on in my hip joints ,and hopefully with his suggestion of having some xrays we will discover the best way of moving forward.

    Patient seen for:
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
    04-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I saw Dr O'Reilly when suffering from sciatica. The pain was excruciating and I had not slept for several days because of it. He treated me with care and compassion. He carried out a thorough examination, prescribed stronger painkillers and referred me for an MRI and blood tests. This reassured me as I was concerned about doing exercises which might make the pain worse or exacerbate the problem. He followed up with phone calls to check I was OK. I would recommend seeing Dr O Reilly if you have sciatica and want to know what the exact cause of the problem and for it to be dealt with quickly.

    Patient seen for:
    Sciatica
    03-03-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I met Dr David O’Reilly at least 8 years ago for an injection in my shoulder. My memory lets me down BUT I do remember an extremely pleasant man who immediately put me at my ease and dealt with my complaint professionally and efficiently . Now to 2020, I use the word, fortunate enough to seek his help again and frankly, I cannot speak more highly of him. I could wax lyrical but the point is I have been very ill and Dr O’Reilly immediately set about getting to the bottom of my illness, delingently and with thoroughness, going so far as to use the word, passionately. From the first moment, I felt total conviction I was seeing the right consultant, calm, gentle and assuring with a delightful twinkly sense of humour AND a doctor who listened to his patient and would reassure me by phone or email. A rare individual who obviously loves his far ranging medical training.

    28-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    4

    Dr O'Rielly was very thorough in his explanations, he went through everything with me in a manner that made it easy to understand.

    25-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Saw Dr O'Reilly who is charming and thorough. He made me confident in his diagnosis and promptly answered a number of my follow-up questions by email.

    Patient seen for:
    Osteoarthritis
    Dupuytren’s Contracture
    15-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Delighted to have a pro-active plan to alleviate my symptoms. It was important to me not to have to wait a long time for a Rheumatology appointment and throughout the consultation process I felt part of the decision-making. I was treated with kindness and respect.

    10-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Following my initial consultation with Dr O'Reilly, I returned to have some injections in my two trigger thumbs. Once again, he explained the procedure carefully and calmly and explained the risks. The injections were carried out quickly, easily and as painlessly as they could have been, which could only be down to his knowledge and experience. Once again, his notes were dictated, so I could hear them. I also received a copy of the letter sent to my surgery, which was e-mailed only a few days after the appointment. Dr O'Reilly also included his mobile number and e-mail address, should I have any concerns, which was a very nice gesture and one I have never seen with any other consultant.

    Patient seen for:
    trigger thumb
    09-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    This was my first consultation with this specialist, for this particular medical issue. I had never met him before and found him to have a very pleasant and friendly manner. He quickly diagnosed my problem and explained the issue to me in an easy, non-technical manner. He explained the various ways to rectify the issue, and told me the side effects/risks with each option. The consultation did not feel rushed, and I was treated as a person on a one to one basis, rather than a patient/number and a one sided conversation. I was particularly happy that he took the time to ask if I had any other questions. The consultant dictated his notes, which allowed me to hear his comments/notes, and correct anything before it was sent to my Doctor. I was also copied in to the letter that was sent to the surgery, which was e-mailed very quickly after the appointment. All in all a very positive experience.

    Patient seen for:
    Trigger thumb
    09-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Demonstrated an excellent grasp of his speciality area. Very clear on treatment options. Impeccable 'bedside' manners. What more could you want.

    Patient seen for:
    Arthritis
    04-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very reassuring appointment as was my previous appointment with Dr O'Reilly some time ago. I was not rushed with explaining my health issues and was listened to carefully. Kind and caring. Thank you.

    Patient seen for:
    Autoimmune Diseases
    01-02-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Excellent Consultant would highly recommend

    31-01-2020
    Overall
    4
    Explanation
    4
    Bedside Manner
    4

    Thorough & took his time explaining everything to me.

    30-01-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    David was very thorough in his initial examination, doing simple but telling physical tests that no one else has ever done - on my legs. He was quick to see me (when I was in great pain) and arranged an MRI at very short notice. He was very clear in his description and explanation of what he thought the details of the problem were (prolapsed disc). He followed up with frequent phone calls, and arranged an appointment with a pain specialist as rapidly as possible over the Xmas period.

    28-01-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I have been to see Dr. O'Reilly 3 times now. I have osteoporosis of the spine, and was in a lot of pain. My GP wouldn't allow me to have an MRI, which I felt I urgently needed. I was very upset when I arrived at Dr. O'Reilly's clinic, because I didn't know what was the matter with me. He was very kind (which I really needed). I thought that perhaps I was being a hypochondriac, and the pain was in my mind. He told me it wasn't mental, and that he thought that I had multiple fractures of the spine. He arranged for an MRI, which confirmed his diagnosis. I was scared to take the medication for the osteoporosis which can have nasty side effects. He put my mind at rest. I know that I have someone that I can contact who will offer support through this difficult and frightening time.

    25-01-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr O Reilly was very polite & very good at treating my long term Gout, I would certainly recommend him to other patients.

    11-12-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I saw Dr O'Reilly on Thursday morning with pain I had been experiencing since June in my back and legs he arranged a MRI scan the same day which resulted in my admission to hospital as a emergency and operated on Friday morning On the day of my MRI scan my family could not be contacted which resulted in Dr O'Reilly taking me straight to the hospital himself,today he has called at home to check on my progress, I cannot speak highly enough of how I was treated by Dr O'Reilly which I thank him very much

    29-10-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was given thorough examination and a clear report for my own doctor. Dr.O'Reilly arranged the appointment very quickly for me.

    Patient seen for:
    Arthritis
    24-10-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr O'Reilly really helped by giving me some fantastic advice for going forward and managing my pain from making improvements in my working environment to upping my weekly exercise to manage my condition and improve my health further.

    13-10-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very thorough and concise examination. Clear explanation of the investigations required to achieve a diagnosis. Dr O'Reilly kept me informed at all times regarding my care. Approachable and accessible to discuss my case at all times.

    28-09-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr. O’Reilly made me feel very at ease during the appointment ..... He took time to understand what my problems were and after checking me physically he came up with a diagnosis plan.... I felt so grateful as I had been wanting someone to take my symptoms seriously ... And he did .....

    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    Osteoporosis
    26-09-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Kind, helpful, reassuring and very professional

    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    10-09-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I was immediately put at ease and treated as a person and not just a patient. What is more the treatment I received seems to be actually working. Thus I am seriously considering building Dr O'Reilly a shrine to be placed outside the Nuffield Hospital.

    Patient seen for:
    Knee Pain
    19-08-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I cannot speak too highly of Dr O’Reilly. I entered his consulting room and was immediately at ease. He was considerate and caring. He explained my condition expertly and provided me with the correct information regarding management and medication should the need arise in the future. His follow up call and email were also a testament to his professionalism. I have no hesitation in recommending Dr O’Reilly and will contact him immediately if I need his help.

    Patient seen for:
    Pseudo gout
    17-08-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr O'Reilly has been consistently helpful and responsive when advising and reassuring me on my condition. He has an open and friendly manner and offers a wide ranging knowledge. It is most appreciated.

    21-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Having had Dr. O'Reilly as my doctor for the past 5 years I've been very pleased with the continued high level of care i've received. Thank you!

    17-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very thorough and very professional

    17-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very professional, very happy to explain treatments etc.

    14-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I liked him very much made me feel at ease

    14-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very pleasant and polite

    13-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Excellent

    13-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Thank you, a really lovely Doctor. Everything was explained and I felt safe, informed and listened to.

    13-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Great doctor, great treatment

    13-06-2019
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Dr O'Reilly was finally able to give me a diagnosis on several fronts - giving me the opportunity to understand what is wrong with me. In one case, diagnosing a condition I have probably been suffering with for more than 20 years. He was thorough, listened carefully to the whole story of my situation and then put me on a path to managing my health. I can't thank him enough for his help and professionalism.

    25-04-2019

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