General Medicine is an acute care environment for adults with broad range of medical conditions unrelated to surgery. Last year, Royal Jubilee and Victoria General hospitals treated more than 12,000 General Medicine cases.

General Medicine at our hospitals covers many areas of patient care including kidney care, bone and lung health. Bone Health cares for conditions of bones, joints, muscles and tendons, including injury, scoliosis and osteoporosis. The Lung Health program provides education, diagnosis and treatment for conditions including respiratory diseases, asthma, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis and sleep apnea. Kidney Care includes a clinic that provides education and care for people suffering with chronic kidney disease. Royal Jubilee Hospital is also home to the main in-patient care unit and dialysis centre for all kidney patients on Vancouver Island.

Patients who need in-hospital treatment stay about a week, often requiring care from multidisciplinary teams. Physicians are skilled in the treatment of patients who have severe illness or diseases of more than one system. They may need to identify and care for more than one medical condition at once — no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex.

Approximately 65% of cases in this area of care involve patients who are older than 60, and both our hospitals offer enhanced assessment and therapy service for older adults. Geriatricians, nurses, rehabilitation assistants, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work together to offer complete care that helps return patients to their optimum level of function after treatment.

General Medicine also provides disease management for patients who have chronic health challenges such as diabetes and arthritis. Although these cannot be cured, disease management and education can improve the patient’s overall condition and quality of life.