A Crystal Clear Look at Gout: Diagnosis and Management

The ancient condition of gout is on the increase – we are seeing more and more patients, mostly due to changes in our lifestyle. Our understanding of gout and the urate crystals that cause it continues to improve and yet patients are not being treated as well as they could be.

Dr Gerard Hall, Consultant Rheumatologist, has therefore designed this evening course to discuss the prevalence of gout, its clinical features and how to identify them. It can be easy to misdiagnose gout as an infection and many patients will often confuse the pain of gout with other musculoskeletal issues – often thinking they have broken their foot instead. Dr Hall will offer his advice on examination and diagnosis, enabling the allied health professional to spot the red flags and warning signs of this condition as early as possible.

Furthermore, we will discuss the management of an acute attack, addressing the treatment and management of the condition. Dr Hall will discuss if and how the condition should be treated with drugs and what to do if they don’t work.

Dr Hall will cover whether diet and weight reduction has a role in the management of gout; including the role of alcohol in exacerbating the condition and what foods could help lower blood urate levels in patients.

This talk will make gout crystal clear and enable you to help prevent any needless suffering in patients.


  • Prevalence of gout – who is at risk?
  • Clinical features
  • Clinical management of gout including use of urate lowering drugs
  • Role of diet in gout
  • Questions and answers


Gerard Hall

Consultant Rheumatologist | London Central

Dr Hall qualified from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1982. After junior posts in Gloucestershire, he specialised in rheumatology and internal medicine at St Bartholomew's and St Thomas's Hospitals. He became a Consultant in 1996 and held posts at St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey and then at The Royal London Hospital. He became a full time private practitioner in 2009.

He has carried out research in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disorders and spent a year completing his academic studies at the Hopital Edouard Herriot in Lyon, France. He has published several papers relating to osteoporosis and the effects of hormones on arthritis.

His 3 private practices are at 30 Devonshire St in Marylebone, The Lister Hospital in Chelsea and The Broadgate Spine and Joint Clinic in the City, near Liverpool St. He has admitting rights to The Princess Grace and The Lister Hospitals.

He is a member of the British Society of Rheumatology, the National Osteoporosis Society, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Chelsea Clinical Society. He is listed in The Tatler's review of top private doctors.

What's included

Admission to course, 2 hours CPD, speakers' handouts, light refreshments, Certificate of Attendance

Who should attend

Chiropractors,Osteopaths,Physiotherapists,Podiatrists,Sports Therapists,Hand Therapists,Radiographers,Occupational Therapists,GP

Date and time

Wednesday 9th October

19:00 - 21:00


Gerard Hall

Consultant Rheumatologist


Doubletree by Hilton Marble Arch

4 Bryanston Street, London



£ 39 + VAT


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