Prof. Wajahat Aziz
Head Dept. of Rheumatology & Physical Medicine
Details of Department:
The Department of Rheumatology was established at PIMS in 1990’s by Prof. Abid Z. Farooqi. It was the first of its kind in Pakistan and continues to provide specialist services to patients suffering from all kinds of Rheumatic disorders. Rheumatic disorders are problems arising in the joints, muscles and connective tissue (the tissue that supports and binds many other parts of the body). These disorders can range from simple problems to more complex ones which can sometimes cause long term disability or death. These complex disorders include diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Vasculitis and other connective tissue disorders which can involve almost any part of the body including vital organs like the kidney, blood, nervous system, lungs and the heart. Emphasis is placed on proper record-keeping and ensuring minimum inconvenience to patients who generally in pain and need long-term follow up.
Out-patient services are patient friendly and organized on a two-tier level. The ‘Filter Clinic’ is the first contact point for all patients. Patients are seen in turn by one of the Medical Officers who does an initial assessment, organizes investigations (if needed) and arranges an appointment for the patient to be seen by either the Consultant or the Postgraduate doctor at a later date. If the patient turns up on the appointed date and time, he / she is ensured of the complete attention by an experienced doctor and thus get the best possible medical help. We respect the privacy of each patient and hence only one patient is allowed to be present in the doctor’s room at one time. In case the patient misses his / her appointment and turns up at another time, he / she is seen in the Filter Clinic once again and another appointment arranged with the consultant at a later date. If at any time, the doctor in the Filter Clinic feels the need for a more expert opinion, it is made available by informing the Consultant / the Postgraduate doctor who then arranges to see the patient the same day. Each given appointment is not only noted in the ‘Appointments Diary’ but also stamped in the patient’s case notes for referral if needed.