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The Louise Coote Lupus unit
4th floor, Tower Wing
Guy's Hospital
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT

Tel: 020 7188 5900
Fax: 0207 188 3574


The Louise Coote Lupus unit has a busy outpatient service and day care facilities.

This page provides information about your appointment at the Louise Coote Lupus Unit in Guy’s Hospital.

  • How do patients get referred?

    Referrals come from GPs, other hospitals or from inpatient referral.

  • Cancelling or changing your appointment

    If you need to rebook your appointment please telephone our booking team on 020 7188 5900 or email

    We would appreciate if you could give us as much notice as possible when changing your appointment.  This will allow us to offer another patient in need, the opportunity to be seen earlier.

    We have an average 6-8 week wait for appointments.

    Failing to attend means we are not using our staff effectively and other patients are waiting longer.

  • Before your appointment

    Check your appointment details and plan your journey to the hospital. For more information please visit

    If you can, it's a good idea to bring a list of medications you are taking with you to the appointment. It may also be helpful to bring a list of questions that you’d like to ask your healthcare professional so you get the most out of your appointment.

    If you need an interpreter or signer and one wasn’t booked when you arranged your appointment, please call 020 7188 8815 or email

  • What to expect at your appointment

    We understand that it is difficult to fit medical appointments into a busy life. To give you an idea of how long your appointment may take, you may be in our department for up to 90 minutes in total.

    At your appointment you will be welcomed by our receptionist who will check you in. You may be seen by a nurse and have a blood test and some observations taken (these could include pulse, blood pressure, weight and urine tests). This can take place before or after you are seen by the doctor.  

    Patients are allocated approximately thirty minutes for a new appointment and twenty minutes for a follow up appointment. However, the doctor or nurse may decide during the appointment that the patient in front requires more or less time depending on their condition and will accommodate this. This has an impact on waiting times meaning that you may not be seen at the exact appointment time stated on this letter. The clinic team aim, however, for all patients to be seen within an hour of the stated appointment time.

  • After your appointment

    A letter will be sent to your GP detailing all the tests and results and you will also receive a copy of this.

We also have two dedicated inpatient beds which are used for planned admissions. These are at St Thomas’ Hospital, which has all the facilities needed to care for patients with complex rheumatic disorders.

Useful links

Book your blood test

If you’re an existing patient, you can now book your blood test online.

Nurse telephone helpline

If you're an existing patient, you can book a telephone appointment with a clinical nurse to receive advice or help with:

  • your diagnosis
  • medicines, including any side effects 
  • concerns about your symptoms or management that need to be addressed before your next appointment.