Our Rheumatology service deals with a variety of conditions affecting the connective tissues of the body, including joints, muscle, bone, the immune and blood vessel systems.

We care for people who are in hospital, have been to hospital or need to come to hospital for:

  • Osteoarthritis - a disease of the joints
  • Rheumatoid arthritis - pain, heat and swelling of the joints
  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoporosis - when bones lose their strength and density
  • Regional pain syndromes - painful condition of a person’s arm, hand, leg or foot
  • Septic arthritis - infection of arthritic joints
  • Gout - common form of arthritis
  • Lupus - autoimmune condition that causes various tissues in the body to become swollen and painful
  • Vasculitis - inflammation of small blood vessels
  • Myositis - swelling and pain in muscles
  • Scleroderma - thickening and hardening of the skin, particularly of the hands and face

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter.

If there is a waiting list, you'll be advised what to do in your letter.

Referrals are current for 12 months from the date of issue. Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.

Clinics

Rapid Access Rheumatology City Campus Rheumatology Department, Level 7 East WED
Rheumatology Biologics City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South THU
Rheumatology CTD City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East TUE
Rheumatology RA City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South WED
Rheumatology SPA City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South THU
Urgent Rheumatology City Campus Rheumatology Department, Level 7 East FRI

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • Your appointment book
  • TAC or Workcover claim number

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.