In-patient facilities for rheumatology patients are available in Medical ward 5. The ward has 12 dedicated rheumatology beds and a separate ‘Infusion Room’ meant for administering pulse therapies including biologics which have nowadays revolutionised the outlook of patients suffering from rheumatic diseases. There is a designated room for postgraduate teaching which also has access to internet facility for research and patient care purpose. In the near future we are going to introduce the facility of musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Specialist Rheumatology Nurse
The Rheumatology Clinical Nurse Specialist is the anchor person for coordinating patient services in the outdoor as well as indoor. She also has the important task of providing support and explanation to the patients and being available for advice regarding side-effects and monitoring of the potentially toxic drugs that are used in Rheumatology.
The three physiotherapists work in conjunction with a team of two Physiotherapy Assistants and eight physiotherapy Technicians. Patients need to be referred by a doctor in order to avail this service. Referrals are taken from all departments and each patient is given an appointment to be seen by one of the Physiotherapists. Once an initial assessment has been made, the Assistants or Technicians are asked to carry out the prescribed treatment for a certain number of sessions. This work is done under the supervision of the Physiotherapists. Patients never have to wait in long queues since each is given an appointment for the next day's session before he / she leaves the hospital premises.
Physiotherapy service is provided through a combination of using electro medical equipment as well as proper physical exercises.
Physiotherapists regularly help in the rehabilitation of admitted patients as well whenever a call is sent for their help. It helps a lot if the reason for referral is properly mentioned and a logical case be made for asking such assistance.