Health Minister's visit to Rheumatology Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital

05/02/2016

​Health Minister Simon Hamilton visited the Rheumatology Unit at Musgrave Park Hospital recently.

During the visit the Minister had the opportunity to tour the department and meet with staff and patients. The Rheumatology Unit provides diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the joints, muscles, bones, and tendons including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lupus.

The Minister said: “Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, progressive and disabling auto-immune disease. The treatment of rheumatologic conditions pose an ever increasing challenge to the Health Service and the condition can affect people of any age. There are over 600 children and young people suffering from arthritis in Northern Ireland alone.

“Treatment of chronic conditions such as arthritis is a multi-faceted process which involves the services of a range of professionals including GPs, nurses, pharmacists, physio and occupational therapists. As Health Minister, I am well aware of the great work which has been done by those involved in the treatment of RA and I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”