Geriatric Medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on medical issues and diseases of aging, and of old age (usually over 65 years old). With aging, medical care becomes more complex as the number of medical conditions accumulate, with additional cognitive and psycho-social elements. A Geriatrician is an expert in assessing how these elements impact on one another, and in how medications interact with each other to affect you as an individual.
A Geriatrician works with other specialties in providing a comprehensive team-based approach, and has access to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, clinical psychologists, dieticians, and other disciplines when needed. The mission of Geriatric Medicine is to keep you healthy, active, independent and maintaining your highest quality of life.
Haematology is a medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of blood and bone marrow disorder.
Haemodialysis is a renal replacement therapy that removes metabolic wastes and excess fluid from the body to restore acid-base balance and stability of electrolytes and biochemical parameters. The treatment is prescribed to patients with severe acute or chronic kidney disease, the latter usually on an outpatient basis. To commence haemodialysis, a site to access blood is created by joining an artery to a vein most commonly in the forearm or by inserting a catheter into a major vein.
Hepatology is a specialty of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas. Traditionally considered a subspecialty of Gastroenterology, Hepatology has expanded into a specialty on its own in parallel with the increase in prevalence of liver diseases. Conditions commonly managed by hepatologists include hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, gallstones, cholecystitis and pancreatitis.
Immunology & Allergy
Immunology is a medical subpecialty that studies the immune responses of various medical disorders, particularly those in the fields of dermatology, immunodeficiency, microbiology, oncology, rheumatology and transplantation medicine.
Allergy is an exaggerated response of the immune system to triggering agents (allergens) in the environment which otherwise cause little or no reactions in most people. Allergic responses are responsible for conditions such as allergic asthma, anaphylactic reactions, atopic dermatitis, drug and food allergies and hay fever.
Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery
Oral and maxillo-facial surgery is a medical specialty concerned with the treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of head, neck, face, mouth and jaw. Cleft lip / palate repair, treatment of facial trauma and surgery for cancer will also be covered in this specialty.
Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty concerned with diagnosis and treatment of diseases through the use of radioactive materials. The doses of radioactive materials used for diagnostic purposes are usually small.