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Outpatient services for rheumatic diseases

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  • 24 municipalities
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Rheumatology is a specialty concerning the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal, connective tissue and related soft-tissue illnesses, pains and disorders. Such conditions include a variety of joint and spinal illnesses caused by inflammation or wear; metabolic disorders of the musculoskeletal system; and inflammatory diseases related to the connective tissue of various organs, muscles, skeleton, and blood vessels.

Helsinki University Hospital’s Rheumatology Unit is Finland's largest rheumatology department, consisting of Meilahti Triangle Hospital and the rheumatology outpatient clinics of Jorvi and Peijas hospitals. The Helsinki University Hospital’s Rheumatology Unit also has 3–5 beds for inpatients. Most patients visit the outpatient clinic or the day hospital. We work in teams consisting of not only a physician but also, for example, an arthritis nurse, occupational therapist, rehabilitation counselor, social worker, physiotherapist, and podiatrist.

The Helsinki University Hospital’s Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic focuses on those patient groups in which rheumatological special expertise will bring the greatest health benefits for the public. The examination and treatment of non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pains and disorders (such as fibromyalgia) takes place in primary health care.

The Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic diagnoses and treats not only rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis but also systemic connective tissue disorders and rare rheumatic diseases. It also has a transition stage unit, treating young patients transferred from Pediatric Rheumatology.

The Helsinki University Hospital’s Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic focuses primarily on the following:

  • rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, such as ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis related to psoriasis or inflammatory bowel disease, reactive arthritis
  • pediatric rheumatic diseases in adulthood
  • systemic connective tissue diseases (e.g. SLE, systemic sclerosis) - vascular infections such as temporal arteritis
  • rare rheumatic diseases, such as mixed systemic rheumatic disease, and adult-onset Still’s disease

Treatment at our unit requires a physician’s referral.

To whom and on what terms

Treatment at our unit requires a physician’s referral.

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byHelsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District
Responsible for the serviceHelsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District
Area Askola, Espoo, Hanko, Helsinki, Hyvinkää, Ingå, Järvenpää, Karkkila, Kauniainen, Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Lapinjärvi, Lohja, Loviisa, Mäntsälä, Nurmijärvi, Pornainen, Porvoo, Raasepori, Sipoo, Siuntio, Tuusula, Vantaa, Vihti
Available languagesFinnish, English, Swedish
Text edited by: Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District
Updated: 12/1/2022