Division of Rheumatology
The Division of Rheumatology provides tertiary outpatient and inpatient care to patients with rheumatic, soft tissue and metabolic bone diseases. We also provide inpatient rheumatology consultation for all disciplines in NUH. We believe in a holistic approach to patient care and strive towards engaging patient participation in order to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved (disease remission, quality of life). Our nurse clinicians provide patient education in terms of diagnosis and management (lifestyle, drug therapy) of the patient’s chronic rheumatic condition.
We have strong links with other departments in NUH such as the orthopaedics, nephrology, radiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, family medicine, physiotherapy and medical social services, in view of the multidisciplinary nature of the illnesses that we treat. We run specialised clinics such as the Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic, Pregnancy Loss Clinic which provide multidisciplinary care to patients. The Division also helms the Outpatient Infusion Centre (OPIC) – a unit that provides outpatient parenteral therapy administered by trained nurses.
We have been an active participant in clinical trials involving biologic agents in the treatment of rheumatic diseases supported by our clinical experience. We have ongoing research relating to psoriatic arthritis, ankylosis spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. In addition, we have initiatives for quality improvement and health services research including the shared care programme with our family physicians.
Our faculty is also committed to undergraduate and postgraduate Internal Medicine Residency , and Rheumatology Fellowship and allied-health education.