Division of Rheumatology
The Division of Rheumatology provides tertiary outpatient and inpatient care to patients with autoimmune, soft tissue and metabolic bone diseases. We aim to help patients achieve remission, preserve joint structures and their ability to function, and improve their overall quality of life.
We take a holistic approach towards patient care and actively engage our patients in their own care and treatment to achieve the best outcomes. We have a team of dedicated nurse clinicians who provide guidance and support to help patients better manage their chronic rheumatic condition.
To ensure comprehensive care for the multifaceted illnesses we treat, we work in close coordination with our colleagues from orthopaedic, nephrology, radiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology, family medicine, rehabilitation services and medical social services. We run specialised clinics such as the One-Stop Arthritis Clinic, Pregnancy Loss Clinic which provide multidisciplinary care to patients, and 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 contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate education, through the Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Senior Residency programmes. In addition, we conduct educational talks for allied-health staff and family physicians to improve the care of rheumatology patients in the community.