Patients who need intensive treatment for rheumatic diseases such osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritis can now benefit from a new fully equipped infusion suite at Salisbury District Hospital thanks to a £2,500 donation from the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends.
Some patients need frequent treatment and drugs are delivered directly into the veins through a drip over a 4 to 6 hour period. Previously this will have been carried out in cramped and uncomfortable surroundings in the main rheumatology department. Patients who need this form of treatment can now enjoy greater privacy in their own dedicated area with comfortable seating and more sensitive lighting and decoration.
Dr Richard Smith, Consultant Rheumatologist said: “ These improvements will make a real difference to the quality of care we can provide for our patients and we are very grateful to the League of Friends for their support and generosity.”
Rheumatology involves conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system and includes joint, bone and muscle diseases. There are more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Many are due to problems with the immune system. Some of these conditions can be difficult to diagnose and treat and intensive treatment is often needed over a prolonged period every 6 to 8 weeks.
Dr Richard Smith, Consultant Rheumatologist said: “The treatment and facilities we are now able to give our patients has improved greatly and initial feedback has really been very positive.
For further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager,
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170