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St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Rheumatology Department provides a local and regional outpatients service, caring for patients with all types of rheumatic disease. It runs special interest clinics for:

There are also joint clinics with consultants from neurology, renal medicine, paediatrics, hand surgery and neuropneurophysiology.

The Department provides a biologic treatment service for patients with both rheumatic disease and inflammatory skin diseases. Biologic treatments are treatments which can target just one part of a faulty immune system, rather than immuno-suppressing drugs which slow the whole system. These treatments are also known as cytokine inhibitors or antibody therapy.

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a state-of-the-art Osteoporosis Unit which has a Fracture Prevention Team led by a consultant and including a specialist nurse and two technicians. The Unit has two Hologic bone density scanners for diagnosing osteoporosis. This innovative service aims to identify patients who are at risk of fractures because of bone weakness and provide osteoporosis screening, advice and, where appropriate, treatment. See Recent Developments below for more information.

The Rheumatology Department is staffed by three full-time NHS consultants and one part-time consultant, one professor, one senior lecturer and four specialist registrars from South Thames/Kent, Surrey and Sussex Training Programme.

The Department has strong links with radiology, immunology, and histopathology to discuss patient care.

The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre, housed in a striking pyramid-shaped building to the right of the hospital’s main entrance, was set up through a collaboration between St George’s Hospital and St George’s, University of London. It was funded through a charitable appeal and by a benefactor, Sir Joseph Hotung. The Centre provides a facility for research into muscular-skeletal disorders, special interest clinics, education and national and international meetings.

The Fracture Prevention Service invites patients who have previous had a fall resulting in a fracture to come for assessment to determine the cause of their fall and see if bone weakness was a factor in their injury. Fracture prevention advice includes areas such as identifying hazards in the home, having eyesight checked, using mobility support such as a stick and improving lighting.

More information about the Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for muscular-skeletal disorders can be found at www.hotungcentre.sgul.ac.uk