Dr David O'Reilly

Dr David O'Reilly

MA MB BChir FRCP

Rheumatology

Recommended by  
1 specialist

39 years of experience
28 years as a specialist
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
4.9
Bedside Manner
4.87
Explanation
4.88

Top feedback

“Dr. David O'Reilly conducts appointments in a professional manner and has a wealth of knowledge. He takes care and time and gives the patient a lot of confidence. “
Read more

Languages spoken

  • English
Show more

Registered with

  • Royal College of Physicians: 10879
  • General Medical Council: 2672661
Show more

    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £260

    Follow-up appointment: £220

    Practices worked at

    BMI The Manor Hospital

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

    BMI St Edmunds Hospital

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

    Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

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

    Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital

    4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB2 8AF
    0 reviews

    About

    • Dr O'Reilly offers '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.

    Read more

    Medical procedures

    • Joint injection 
    • Shoulder injection 
    • Bursitis injection
    • Knee injection

     

    Read more

    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
    Read more

    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
    Read more

    Reviews

    4.88 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Back Pain
    8/78
    Osteoarthritis
    6/78
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
    5/78
    Joint Pain
    3/78
    Knee Pain
    3/78
    Osteoporosis
    3/78
    Rheumatology
    3/78
    Arthritis
    2/78
    Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    2/78
    Autoimmune Diseases
    1/78
    Bone pain and raised alkaline phosphatase
    1/78
    Degenerative disc disease
    1/78
    Dupuytren’s Contracture
    1/78
    Golfer’s Elbow (Medial epicondylitis)
    1/78
    Hallux Rigidus
    1/78
    Inflammatory Arthritis
    1/78
    Joint Injection
    1/78
    Lower Back Pain
    1/78
    Pain and disability over most joints
    1/78
    Painful feet
    1/78
    Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    1/78
    Pseudo gout
    1/78
    Sciatica
    1/78
    Shoulder Pain
    1/78
    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
    1/78
    Tennis Elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
    1/78
    Trigger thumb
    1/78
    arthritus
    1/78
    as above, Xray
    1/78
    muscular and joint pain
    1/78
    trigger thumb
    1/78
    Show more
    Sort by:
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Osteoporosis
    Dr. David O'Reilly conducts appointments in a professional manner and has a wealth of knowledge. He takes care and time and gives the patient a lot of confidence.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Bone pain and raised alkaline phosphatase
    I find Dr O’Reilly a very thorough and caring doctor. He really listens and is very efficient.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain Shoulder Pain
    A very genuine man helpful and explained things perfectly with no feeling of being rushed in the conciliation my thanks to him
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    An absolutely brillian doctor - I could not have hoped for anything better. Very professional and extremly knowledgeable and at the same time caring, attentive and reassuring. Extremely efficient, quick at organising what was to be done and making sure everything was done efficiently, correctly and made sure that the case was followed up to conclusion.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Degenerative disc disease
    I have found Dr O'Reilly to be most thorough in his examination and in explaining to me in a manor that I could understand. He has assisted me in pain relief a has been most helpful in contacting me within a very short time and providing advice.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) Knee Pain Joint Pain
    Dr O'Reilly was extremely kind and helpful. He listened carefully to my tale of various musculo-skeletal problems over the years, and did a very thorough examination of the problematic areas . As a self-funded patient it is always a big decision to see a private specialist, but I am very glad that I did. I feel entirely confident in Dr O'Reilly's diagnosis and was pleased to discover that I do not have the more serious condition which I was concerned about. I was also impressed that he offered me a face to face appointment at a time when many doctors seem to want to do everything over the phone! I recommend him highly.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Osteoarthritis Back Pain Golfer’s Elbow (Medial epicondylitis)
    The consultation I had with Dr David O'Reilly was thorough and very reassuring – accepting that at this stage a full assessment/resolution of the pain has yet to be completed. Following my initial consultation he arranged for an MRI scan to be undertaken, which is to take place within just 3 days of my first appointment. Additionally he has requested a blood test and xray to take place on the same day, in the hope of avoiding one or two more separate hospital visits. Mr O'Reilly has also sent me a comprehensive report which thoroughly covers my ‘issues’, and has given me the opportunity to comment on the document on any concerns, by phone or email. I feel i have been given excellent care and support.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Osteoarthritis
    I drove a long way for a consultation with Dr O Reilly last week and it was more than worth the journey . He took time to listen, explain and inform and I left feeling much more in control of my situation rather than the bewilderment I’d felt following results of various tests and scans and their interpretation. I can’t recommend Dr O Reilly highly enough.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Painful feet
    A very worthwhile consultation. I felt very relaxed and comfortable throughout
    Read more
    Overall
    (4/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Polymyalgia Rheumatica
    Pleasant, thorough oral analysis, useful physical examination, and straightforward explanation of his findings.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    muscular and joint pain
    Dr O’Reilly is generous with his time. He is meticulous in his examination and his observations. He is cautious, careful and kind; an excellent physician and highly recommended.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
    Very pleased with meeting solved my queries about tablets .follow up very reassuring
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Knee Pain Osteoarthritis Joint Injection
    i felt it was an excellent consultation, albeit that it didn't have the outcome i was hoping for.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Lower Back Pain Spondylolisthesis & spondylolysis
    After years of my pain & symptoms not being taken seriously, I made the decision to book a consultation with Mr O'Reilly and it is probably one of the best decisions that I have made for my health. He did a thorough investigation into my symptoms and medical history, whilst also providing a plan moving forward. A fantastic doctor who really listens to his patients!!
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
    I saw Dr O’Reilly regarding extreme fatigue and rashes which appear to be triggered by viral illnesses. I very much appreciated his methodical approach to the consultation. At last I feel heard after a long time of wondering what is wrong with me! I would highly recommend Dr O’Reilly.
    Read more
    Overall
    (4/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (4/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Osteoarthritis
    Very comprehensive and thorough discussion of my joint problems and present management policy
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Hallux Rigidus Osteoarthritis
    I first met Dr O'Reilly in June 2020 following six months of pain and swelling in my toe. I found him to be extremely kind, thoughtful and interested, not to mention very thorough. Despite the complications of offering a consultation in the midst of the Covid -19 pandemic, Dr O'Reilly offered me an appointment and a steroid injection which provided some welcome relief. I have been very impressed by both his knowledge but also his capacity for explaining and weighing up the various treatment options. I am most grateful to him for his care and his kindness.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Inflammatory Arthritis
    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.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    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.
    Read more
    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Back Pain
    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.
    Read more
    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 doctor for:
    1

    Rheumatology

    Dr Daniel Fishman
    Dr Daniel Fishman
    Rheumatology

    03-10-2020

    I have known Dr. O'Reilly for many years and have always been impressed by his depth of knowledge and commitment to high-quality patient care. He is the recipient of a BSR award, acknowledging his clinical excellence. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to patients looking for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, or any form of inflammatory/soft tissue rheumatic disease.

    For specialty: Rheumatology
    For conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    For procedures: Rheumatology
    Connection: Is a colleague

    Insurers