Glasgow Hospital’s medical team named among the best in the UK

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A GLASGOW hospital team has been recognized as one of the best in the country for their efforts during the pandemic.

The team at the Center for Rheumatic Diseases, based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, have been recognized by a national best practice standard for patient care.

Staff have made every effort during the pandemic to continue treating people with muscle and joint pain.

External accreditation from the British Society for Rheumatology said the service is ‘robust and continued to practice during Covid-19, overcoming significant hurdles’ with patient feedback reporting that the service in Glasgow was ‘head and shoulders shoulders above” other hospitals they had encountered.

Dr Rajan Madhok, who led the accreditation process, said: “It gives me an immense sense of professional and personal satisfaction to be part of a team that provides care recognized by an independent panel of specialists as being the one of the best nationally. »

Rheumatology is the catch-all for musculoskeletal pain, which includes joint or muscle pain, or to help those whose immune system is beginning to work against them, attacking their joints.

Some of the conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can be incredibly debilitating.

Over 430,000 people in the UK suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr Rajan added: “It can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life, not only in terms of pain, but it can prevent them from working or doing daily activities, which can impact on entire families.

The team uses a combination of therapies including medication, pain management and physical therapy to help patients manage their symptoms.

The team has a day service at the GRI, run by specialist nurses who help assess and care for patients, helping them to reduce the number of hospitalizations and visits to the general practitioner.

Dr Rajan said: “A lot of the credit goes to our nursing and physiotherapy staff. We have recognized the importance of what our nurses, physiotherapists and allied health professionals can do, we have a highly trained and dedicated team that helps us provide the best care for our patients.

Dr Rajan said that during the pandemic the nursing team “did everything possible” to continue patient care.

They’ve also set up virtual exercise classes to help get muscles and joints moving.

Dr Elizabeth Price, Clinical Manager and Senior Evaluator at the British Society for Rheumatology, said: “It was a real pleasure to take part in the evaluation of Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s rheumatology department.

“The team works cohesively, each playing to their strengths and clearly all have a passion for their work.”

Dr Rajan said the accreditation confirms that our approach is working and that the team will implement the suggested improvements.

He added, “We see patients as our partners in improving their health.

“The high levels of deprivation, particularly in East Glasgow, can be difficult and we try to appreciate what it’s like to be in their place.”

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