Department of Rheumatology – ul. Skarbowa


Contact details

ul. Skarbowa 1, 31-121 Kraków

tel. 12 68 76 260
fax 12 68 76 262

Access by public transport - ul. Skarbowa 1

About the Department

The department has 47 beds and operates 24h.
Clinical activity of the Department includes a comprehensive diagnostics and treatment of rheumatic diseases, including in particular connective tissue diseases.
The Department uses modern methods of inflammatory rheumatic diseases therapy, inter alia biological treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis within drug prescription programs reimbursed by the National Health Fund (NFZ).
The physicians of the Department work at the same time in the Rheumatology Clinic at ul. Batorego 3.
The Department’s range of interests includes also research and didactic activity. It has the accreditation for 10 specialization seats in the field of rheumatology, conducts directional internships in the domain of rheumatology for all specialties and participates in international research projects. The Department as a sub-unit of MCRiR has a comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation database. It provides, among others, the following medical tests: musculoskeletal ultrasonography, capillaroscopy, densitometry, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, skin and muscle biopsies and full panel of immunological tests. The constant clinical and scientific development of the medical staff of the Department guarantees a substantial and high level of benefits for patients.

What we treat

The Department provides the treatment of rheumatic diseases of adult patients, in particular connective tissue diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis), arthritic diseases (e.g. crystalopathy – gout, inflammatory spondyloarthropathies – ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis), and metabolic bone diseases.
Within the Department the diagnosis and treatment are also provided for the patients with involvement of the musculoskeletal system in the course of such rare diseases as recurrent inflammation of cartilages, hemochromatosis, and myositis ossificans.

Medical Staff

The Head of the Department: dr n. med. Bogdan Batko
The Head of the Department Deputy: dr n. med. Jarosław Biernat
The Head of the Department Deputy: dr n. med. Barbara Gajkowska-Wójcik
The Nurse Manager: mgr Wach Monika
lek. med. Anetta Chrzanowska
lek. med. Bożena Gąsior
lek. med. Iwona Hajdyła-Banaś
dr n. med. Piotr Krawiec
lek. med. Monika Krężelok
lek. med. Elżbieta Marciszewska
dr n. med. Małgorzata Pukal
lek. med. Iwona Rydz-Stryszowska

For Patients

Elective admission for the hospital treatment is based on a referral for hospitalization issued by a physician. A referring physician encloses medical results that justify the initial diagnosis. The original referral is attached to the hospital’s documentation. The referral to the Department may be delivered to the hospital in person, by a third party or by mail. On the referral the patient has to indicate his/her contact number in order to determine the date of qualification.

Rules of admission:

  • The qualification for admission to the Department is carried out by the Chief of the Department, his/her Deputy or a designated physician and aims at providing an initial assessment of patient’s state of health, making decision on acceptance or refusal concerning his/her admission, qualifying the patient to the medical category (urgent case/stable case) and, if necessary, determining the initial date of patient’s admission to the treatment. The physician may commission carrying out additional medical examinations and consultation. The test required from each patient: written opinion from the dentist about absence of inflammatory spots in the mouth.
  • The patient applies to the secretariat of the Department with the referral for hospital treatment and with a document confirming his identity.
  • The secretary of the Department gives the patient relevant information on the further proceedings and preparation for the treatment and informs the patient in writing of the date of providing the benefits, together with justification of the chosen date.
  • Patients are entered to the queue of waiting patients, while the implementation of referrals is made by the order of the entries in the Waiting List.
  • In due time the patient applies to the previously designated place, where he/she submits a document confirming his/her identity. Verification is made of the patient’s entitlement for the benefits financed from public funds, and then the patient is directed to the physician.
  • The physician makes an assessment of the patient’s state of health, analyzes the results of medical tests, medical documentation provided by the patient and other relevant documents on the basis of which he/she shall decide on whether the patient may be admitted to the hospital or not.

  • Patients should have their own underwear, pajamas, personal hygiene articles, clothing, e.g. a tracksuit to exercise.

Useful links:

Link for the website for patients Trzymajmy się Razem:

Link to the website of the Polish Society of Rheumatology:
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