About the Speaker

Ms Tess Hng

Senior Medical Social Worker
Care and Counselling Department
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Ms Hng is a Senior Medical Social Worker at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) since 2011. She specializes in providing psycho-social care to spinal injured persons and amputees and their family members. She has been part of the multi-disciplinary team at Foot Care and Limb Design Centre (FLC) and TTSH Rehabilitation Centre for the last 4 years. She has been supporting patients with various conditions including spinal cord injuries, amputations, traumatic brain injuries and strokes. Ms Hng has been involved in strategizing and organizing support groups to reach out to spinal cord injured patients in the community. She actively reaches out to them and engages them to play various roles in the support groups. She has a special interest in rehabilitation medicine social work and is passionate about assisting her patients to integrate successfully back into the community after their discharge from the hospital. span>            


Track 4: Maximizing Care of the Tetraplegic in the Post Acute Setting
The Spinal Support Group and Tetraplegia Workgroup - How They are Reaching Out to Tetraplegias in the Community
Date  :  Thursday, 7 September 2017
Time  :  1330
Venue  :   L1-S3
Abstract  :   Spinal cord injuries bring about intense personal psycho-emotional consequences as well as costly socio-economical impact. However, the outcome of these spinal patients varies widely, from those who move on and adapt to life after SCI, to those who developed depression and anxiety and remain unadjusted in the community.

According to research, the level of injuries does not prognosticate adjustments and coping. It is the quality of coping skills and social support received that matters more. Hence, both Spinal Support Group (SSG) and Tetraplegia Workgroup (TWG) have been trying to help patients in these 2 areas.

In this presentation, we will hear insights on the psycho-social needs of the SSG and TWG members gathered during a focus group discussion, and how the support groups tried to meet those needs through a series of activities. As we journey into the 3rd year of the support group, the route ahead will be more active member engagement to outreach to new spinal injured persons.