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08 Dec 2017
SingHealth and A*STAR to advance medical research in diabetes; immunotherapy and drug development; and precision medicine

SingHealth and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) announced a strategic research partnership focused on three areas: Smart Health for diabetes, innovations in immunotherapy and drug development, and precision medicine. The MOU seeks to address prevalent diseases in Asian populations that carry a heavy economic burden, improve healthcare delivery and create value for the economy. Mr S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), witnessed the inking.

The Straits Times, pg B02

Lianhe Zaobao, pg 6

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28 Nov 2017
SingHealth launches study to test pre-diabetes programme

One in seven adults here has pre-diabetes, but it is unclear if certain lifestyle measures can stop them from developing full-blown diabetes.That issue will be investigated in an upcoming study that will assess the effectiveness of a new diabetes prevention programme. Led by SingHealth Duke-NUS Diabetes Centre, the study will test the effects of interventions, including group exercise sessions and classes on healthy eating, on pre-diabetics.

The Straits Times, pg B9

Lianhe Zaobao, 24 Nov, pg 17

09 Oct 2017
More hospitals adopting Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

More hospitals are adopting ERAS to shorten the length of stay, post-surgery. ERAS, a set of care protocols that improve the state of patients before, during, and after surgery, has reduced the average length of stay from 6.5 days to 5 days for patients undergoing colorectal surgery at SGH.  CGH, KKH, NUH, and KTPH have also implemented ERAS. 

Lianhe Zaobao, pg 7

16 Aug 2017
SGH crunching data for better patient outcome

Permanent Secretary for Health, Mr Chan Heng Kee, who gave the opening speech at the Singapore Healthcare Management Congress yesterday, said that data analytics can add immense value to the provision of healthcare. Since last month, SGH has been comparing how its patients fare after complex surgery against the experiences of those at 700 other hospitals in North America.  Dr Tan Hiang Khoon, chairman of SGH's Division of Surgery, said the data enables SGH to continuously identify areas for outcome improvement by reducing complications.   In his speech, Mr Chan also said that excellent healthcare is giving patients the outcome they seek and value. This means finding out what is important to them. He said SGH has been doing this for years for total knee replacement by collecting data and using it to better monitor and help patients recover after surgery. SGH has extended such data collection to other types of surgery, such as for spine, foot and ankle.

The Straits Times, pg A6
Lianhe Zaobao, pg 4

09 Aug 2017
First poly pair at NUS med school set to be specialists

Ten years ago, Dr Soong Junwei and Dr Ron Ng made history as the first polytechnic graduates to gain direct entry to the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Today, Dr Soong and Dr Ng are undergoing training at SGH under SingHealth Residency’s orthopaedic surgery and internal medicine programme respectively.

Straits Times, pg A8


26 Jul 2017
All-white uniform look for SingHealth nurses

In conjunction with the Nurses’ Day celebrations, SingHealth unveiled new uniforms for 12,000 nurses across its eleven healthcare institutions. The new look will create a cohesive identity for nurses working across different care settings and help patients and the public identify SingHealth nurses more easily. The new design will be predominantly white for all nurses with colour trimmings at the collars to differentiate rank. All uniforms will also bear the SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC logo.

Straits Times, pg B2

Lianhe Zaobao, pg 5


28 Jun 2017
SingHealth launches Care Coordinator Associate Programme to strengthen integrated care delivery in the community

SingHealth Regional Health System today launched the Care Coordinator Associate programme to build a pipeline of healthcare staff to strengthen care delivery in the community.  CCAs at SingHealth will play a vital role in coordinating and navigating patient care. Working alongside the multidisciplinary care team, they will journey with patients with multiple chronic conditions to ensure that they are well-supported even after their discharge from the hospital.

The Straits Times, pg B5
27 Apr 2017
SingHealth and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Constituency collaborate to strengthen aged care support in Chinatown

SingHealth Regional Health System (RHS) and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng constituency today launched a community care programme aimed at enhancing health and social care for elderly residents in Chin Swee Road and Banda Street. The programme will complement existing services run by community partners in the vicinity to provide holistic care for seniors. This forms a strong community support network to cater to the different care needs of seniors. Key partners include the Agency for Integrated Care, Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre and general practitioners in Chinatown.

The Straits Times, pg B8
Lianhe Zaobao, pg 6

18 Apr 2017
Singapore Health Inspirational Patient Awards 2017

The Singapore Health Inspirational Patient Awards was started in 2010 to celebrate patients who have displayed resilience, courage and positivity in the face of healthcare challenges. In 2017, 33 Inspirational Patients and 5 Inspirational Patient Support Groups received their awards.

Winners are nominated by healthcare professionals from SingHealth institutions as well as Assisi Hospice, Bethany Methodist Nursing Home, Home Nursing Foundation, and Yishun Community Hospital.

The Straits Times, pg B4
Lianhe Zaobao, pg 13
The New Paper, pg 16
Berita Harian, pg 10
Lianhe Wanbao, pg 6
Shin Min Daily News, pg 8

10 Apr 2017
SingHealth and SNA jointly organise inaugural Temasek Foundation International @ 10 Asia Nurse Leaders Forum 2017

More than 200 nurse leaders from 10 Asian countries were gathered in Singapore for the inaugural Temasek Foundation International @ 10 Asia Nurse Leaders Forum, organised by SingHealth and Singapore Nurses Association. Held from 10 to 12 April 2017 at SGH Campus, the Forum was officially opened by SMS Dr Amy Khor. With tracks in Education, Quality Management and Ethics, as well as Regulation and Regulatory Requirements; the Forum provided a learning and networking platform for nurses to exchange ideas and best practices.   

Lianhe Zaobao, pg 6

31 Mar 2017
SGH and public healthcare institutions find that platelet transfusions may not help dengue patients

A recent finding from the Adult Dengue Platelet Study (ADEPT) found that bleeding risk in dengue may not improve by platelet transfusion alone. It could change the way public hospitals handle dengue patients, and avoid blood shortage during the dengue season. SGH is one of the six public healthcare institutions to be part of the study. The report noted that SGH has a wide range of practices on when a transfusion should be done if there are no signs of active bleeding.

Straits Times, pg B6

31 Mar 2017
KKH & A*STAR, researchers uncover how Zika may be harming foetus’ brain

Scientists here have, for the first time, uncovered a possible way that the Zika virus damages an unborn baby’s brain. They found that the virus targets a type of cell called microglia, which directs nerve cells to properly create the brain structure. One of the study’s researchers, Assoc Prof Jerry Chan, Senior Consultant, Department of Reproductive Medicine, KKH shared that that the microglia cells are hit badly and that may be the reason why brain growth is dysregulated and abnormalities arise. Commenting on the effort, Prof Duane Gubler, Emeritus Professor from Duke-NUS’ Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme shared that such studies are very important to help in the understanding of the virus, which has been around for more than 70 years but has little known about how it develops.

Straits Times, pg B06

18 Mar 2017
Preventing dementia in stroke patients

Since strokes can cause dementia, NNI has started a rehabilitation scheme for patients to help slow or prevent the onset of the mental disease. The NNI Stroke Memory Rehabilitation Programme (SMaRT), which focuses on strengthening skills such as memory and planning abilities, will be rolled out over the next three years. Said to be the first such programme here, it is expected to benefit about 2,500 stroke patients each year once it is fully implemented. "Current rehabilitation programmes focus on physical and functional rehabilitation, but not cognition," said Assoc Prof Nagaendran Kandiah, Senior Consultant, Neurology, NNI. While cognitive decline may continue after a stroke, a significant number of patients will show stabilisation when provided with suitable intervention programme.

Straits Times, pg B05

17 Mar 2017
NCCS & GIS study set to change liver cancer treatment

The team, from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), found that the genetic characteristics of liver cancer tumours can vary widely, not only across different patients but also across different parts of a single tumour from one patient. This quashes the prevailing assumption that any given case of liver cancer is caused by a single type of genetic mutation. Their work suggests that treatment should be customised to each patient, a concept called precision medicine.

 Over 60 tumours samples were taken from nine patients at NCCS and SGH. Their findings were published last month in Nature Communications. Prof Pierce Chow, Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, NCCS shared that their study sets the scientific basis for clinical trials of new treatments which he expects to take place within three to five years.

Straits Times, pg B04


10 Mar 2017
Home-grown blood cancer drug to start patient trials

The developers of home-grown blood cancer drug ETC-206 hope to start trials in August on patients who are in the late stages of the cancer. Clinical trials began last December and will test up to 34 healthy volunteers. ETC-206 was primarily developed by the Experimental Therapeutics Centre and the Drug Discovery and Development Unit, which are under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, as well as the Duke-NUS Medical School. Duke-NUS Associate Professor Ong Sin Tiong said the drug aims to inhibit a cancer-causing enzyme in cells to the point where cancer cells are killed and normal cells are left intact.

The Straits Times, pg B13

07 Mar 2017
Caring for patients beyond the hospital

Introduced in 2014 in the SingHealth cluster, Patient Navigators (PNs) are trained nurses who plan post-discharge care for patients with complex health and social issues to help them transition home smoothly. There are about 100 of them across the SingHealth cluster, working closely with community partners to provide seamless care.  The PNs have helped to reduce A&E attendances by 52 per cent within six months, for nearly 5,000 at-risk SGH patients enrolled between April 2015 to June 2016.

The Straits Times, pg B15
18 Jan 2017
Singapore Health Quality Service Awards honours 3,585 who have made great impact on patients' lives

The seventh Singapore Health Quality Service Awards was held today. Minister of State for Health, Mr Chee Hong Tat presented the awards to a record number of 3,585 healthcare professionals from 26 public and private healthcare institutions, and agencies from the Intermediate and Long-Term Care sector. 

The Straits Times, pg B6

Lianhe Zaobao, pg 7

15 Jan 2017
SingHealth launches Esther Network Singapore for person-centred care

Esther Network Singapore was launched by SingHealth to deliver person-centred care in close partnership with community partners.  It has trained 60 Esther Coaches and plans to train 40 more this year, to drive person-centred improvement work.

Three Esther Coaches spoke about the projects they are working on. Dr Jeffrey Tuan, Senior Consultant, Division of Radiation Oncology, NCCS, is working on a project to make outpatient radiation treatment more accessible to patients with social and financial issues. Ms Eunice Gwendolene Chua, Occupational Therapist, SGH, and her team plan to train wheelchair-bound patients and their caregivers to navigate the public transport system safely and confidently. Ms Seng Gek Siang, Senior Staff Nurse (Patient Navigator), Department of Emergency Medicine, SGH is working with case managers from NTUC Health Cluster Support to test out the handover interventions for vulnerable patients discharged from SGH. 

Lianhe Zaobao, pg 7

12 Jan 2017
Paramedics get emergency care training boost with SingHealth and SCDF tie-up

SingHealth and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance pre-hospital emergency care and training for paramedics in Singapore. Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, witnessed the signing ceremony between SingHealth and SCDF. Under the MOU, more than 250 SCDF paramedics will undergo attachments at the emergency departments of SGH and KKH to strengthen their clinical skills and competencies, and a first-ever national paramedic educator training programme will also be jointly developed.


Lianhe Zaobao, pg 18

23 Nov 2016
New multinational study led by NHCS reveals titin gene mutations affect heart function in healthy individuals

A new transnational study found that around one per cent of healthy people around the world carry gene mutations in a protein called titin that can potentially cause heart failure in their bodies. The study is led by NHCS in collaboration with Duke-NUS, Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association. The next step of the study is to find out the specific genetic factors or environmental triggers, such as alcohol or viral infection that may put certain people with titin mutations at risk of heart failure. Assoc Prof Sebastian Schäfer, Senior Research Fellow, NHCS, and Prof Stuart Cook, Tanoto Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC were interviewed for the story. The study is funded by Tanoto Foundation, NMRC and SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Precision Medicine. The research paper was published in leading medical journal, Nature Genetics.

ZB, p4

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