The Rheumatology Service responds to the specialised care needs of the citizens from Bellvitge University Hospital’s area of influence. The Service acts as a reference point for complex [tertiary] pathology in the surrounding hospitals, while carrying out the teaching and research activities inherent to a university centre.
The healthcare activity revolves around the totality of rheumatology, the speciality dedicated to the medical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue. It includes entities of high prevalence and great social importance such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, chronic inflammatory diseases with the capacity to cause important structural damage, such as rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis, as well as disorders with a marked systemic component, such as vasculitis, systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma.
We attach great importance to the patient's perspective. We firmly believe that for a therapeutic strategy to work properly, it is essential that the patient, informed about his or her illness and the different treatment options available, is decisively involved in the decision-making process. We take a holistic view of our patients, taking care of their physical ailments, providing them with emotional support and striving for their full social integration.
The care provision is made up of a hospitalisation area, an outpatient area, a complementary examinations cabinet and a multi-purpose day hospital.