Salisbury District Hospital opens 'infusion suite'

Patients in Wiltshire who need treatment for rheumatic diseases are benefiting from new facilities, Salisbury District Hospital has said.

An "infusion suite" has opened following a £2,500 donation from the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends.

The suite offers treatment in a more personal setting, with facilities such as comfy chairs and sensitive lighting.

Consultant rheumatologist Dr Richard Smith said it would "make a real difference" to the quality of care.

He added initial feedback from patients had "really been very positive".

Intensive treatment was previously carried out in "cramped and uncomfortable surroundings" in the main rheumatology department.

The hospital said the improvements also mean patients will benefit from greater privacy in their own dedicated area.

Rheumatology involves conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system and includes joint, bone and muscle diseases.

There are more than 100 types of rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis.

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