The specialty includes a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions which vary from the complex inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue disease, to degenerative joint disease and soft tissue disorders affecting muscle, tendon, ligament, bursa, intervertebral disc and meniscus. The consultants also treat soft tissue rheumatic disorders brought on by exercise and hypermobility disorders.

Infusion Service

Certain Rheumatologic conditions can be treated with intravenous (IV) infusions of a medication. 

Some of the conditions that are treated with an IV drug infusion include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Ulcerative colitis

Patients will be seen by the Consultant Rheumatologist who will arrange the appropriate IV Infusion treatment. Patients will be admitted to the hospital where a member of the nursing staff will administer the IV Infusion under the guidance of your consultant. Your condition will be monitored throughout.

Access to Service: Please note that a referral letter from a GP / Consultant will be required for each patient attending the consultant. Please send an e-referral by healthlink or post the referral to the relevant consultant.

Chronic Fatigue

Connective tissue disorders

Crystal arthritis & Gout


Inflammatory Arthritis

Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosis) SLE

Neck Pain




Rheumatoid Arthritis


Sero Negative Arthitis

Soft tissue

Sports Medicine


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Ahmed El Rafie
Consultant Rheumatologist
Bon Secours Hospital Limerick
Phone: 086-0657420 Fax: 061-312939

Dr. Ahmed El Rafie

Consultant Rheumatologist


Dr Rafie graduated from Cairo University.

He trained in the UK and did research work in the Lupus Research Institute in St Thomas Hospital – London.

Dr Rafie moved to Ireland in 1995 and worked as a Consultant in Waterford Regional Hospital. He then moved to University Hospital Limerick where he started the rheumatology service for the mid-western area.

He has been working in Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons since 2003.

Dr Rafie practices all aspects of Rheumatology including degenerative and inflammatory arthritis and he supervises the infusion unit in Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons.


For appointments & queries opening hours are from 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm from Monday to Friday

Contact Details

  • Dr. Ahmed El Rafie
  • Consulting Suites, Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons, Georges Quay, Limerick¬†


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