The Division of Rheumatology provides tertiary outpatient and inpatient care to patients with autoimmune, 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. Our aspiration for our patients is to achieve disease remission, preserve function and improve their quality of life overall. 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, rehabilitation services and medical social services, in view of the multi-disciplinary nature of the illnesses that we treat. We run specialised clinics such as the Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic which provide multidisciplinary care to patients. The Division also helms the Outpatient Infusion Centre (OPIC) – a unit that provides outpatient infusion 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 pursue initiatives for quality improvement and health services research including the shared care programme with our family physicians.
We believe in nurturing future generations of physicians. Our faculty also contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate education, through the Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Senior Residency programs. In addition, we conduct educational talks for allied health staff and family physicians to improve the care of Rheumatology patients in the community.