The Mineral Water Hospital was founded in 1738 (later becoming the RNHRD)

The RNHRD became part of the RUH NHS Foundation Trust on 1 February 2015

The RNHRD has an international reputation for research and expertise

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), known locally as ‘The Min’, is a specialist hospital in the centre of Bath with an international reputation for research and expertise in rheumatology, chronic fatigue and pain management. It also provides diagnostic and clinical measurement services.

The RNHRD became part of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) in February 2015.  Over the next three years services will move from their current location at the Min in central Bath to the RUH site or suitable community settings where clinically appropriate and if it would be in the best interest of patients.

There will be careful planning and appropriate engagement with patients, staff and other relevant parties before each service is transferred from the Min. A phased approach is also being adopted to ensure all relocations are undertaken in a safe and patient-centred way.


From October 2016 to January 2017, the RUH will be engaging with patients, staff, community groups and healthcare partners on proposals to transfer the following services from the RNHRD to the RUH site:

  • Rheumatology Services
  • Clinical Measurement
  • Rheumatology Therapies

Some of these services will move to a new purpose-built RNHRD and Therapies Centre at the RUH. You can find out more and how to feed back your views here.