Patients in Lincoln are being given the opportunity to consult with hospital staff on the phone for the first time. The rheumatology department at Lincoln County Hospital is providing telephone clinics for eligible patients. Patients are selected based on their condition being stable, them not suffering from any recent flare ups and there not being any recent changes to their medication. More complicated patients will continue to be seen in a traditional face to face clinic. The telephone clinics are useful for patients, particularly those who have no means of transport or live far away from the hospital. Being in a rural area public transport can be difficult, but by having a telephone appointment patients no longer have to rely on friends, family or a taxi service to help them travel to the hospital.