Gout care ‘appalling’ as cases surge

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Adrian Warr, who suffers from gout, urged people to look out for uric acid levels in food Adrian Warr, who suffers from gout, urged people to look out for uric acid levels in food

Hospital cases of gout — known as the “disease of kings” — have almost tripled in England since 2010.

Experts said patients should demand drugs from their GPs to lower the risk of long-term complications. The Times understands that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) intends to develop guidelines on managing the disease, the second most common form of arthritis in the UK.

There were 65,387 recorded cases of gout in England’s hospitals in 2010-11. In 2017-18 there were 165,734 — an increase of 153 per cent.

The figures come as the disease makes a Hollywood appearance in The Favourite. Olivia Colman plays Queen Anne, who was confined to a wheelchair with gout.

Experts said the soaring rates were driven by an…

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