The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2003 taught us invaluable lessons that changed the way we practise healthcare. From research into emerging infectious diseases and advances in virus identification to enhancements to A&E infrastructure and protocols, we are now better prepared for future outbreaks.

Six SingHealth and Duke-NUS experts share their experiences and talk about how research since SARS has improved patient care. View their stories here:

1. Prof Wang Linfa
    Program Director, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

It was only Dr Maciej Piotr Chlebicki’s fifth day of work at SGH when SARS broke out in Singapore in 2003. Being new then, it was not easy for him to familiarise himself with his new work and combat an unknown virus at the same time.

Fast forward 10 years, Dr Chlebicki recounts the lessons he learnt and how patient care at SGH’s Department of Infectious Diseases has advanced since the outbreak.  He notes that the department has grown from a small team of physicians with

limited resources to a sizeable team of well-equipped specialists with control over a dedicated isolation ward.