SingHealth Transplant Programmes
Tel: +65 6326 5194
Fax: +65 6220 0730
Transplantation is a highly complex field of medicine that requires different healthcare professionals coming together as a team to provide collaborative and patient-centric approach to care planning and provision. However, our existing infrastructure and work-processes at the moment does not allow the efficient delivery of multidisciplinary care. Patients have to visit different professionals at different times and places which adds to the inconvenience already experienced as a patient receiving chronic treatment.
The Transplant Centre seeks to address this problem by providing a one-stop convenient healthcare facility that allows patients with a common condition e.g. transplant to seek the care and follow-up required of them. It allows various healthcare professionals involved in transplantation care to converge at one location and work together with integrated work-processes to provide the best patient experience in an ambulatory setting. The other advantage of the Transplant Centre is that we have dedicated infrastructure resources to provide transplant care rather than compete with existing infrastructure that is also needed to use for other patient care services.
Services @ Transplant Centre
The Skin Bank was established in 1998 by the Burns Centre at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). It is located within the burns ward in SGH and is part of the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.
The Skin Bank aims to provide a ready source of clinically safe human donor skin to treat severe burns.
Since 1998, the Skin Bank has had an average of 7 deceased donors per year. Each year the demand of donated skin to treat massive burns patients exceed the skin supply donated by our local skin donors.
This is why increasing awareness and public education is important. An increased awareness of skin donation will hopefully increase the number of local skin donors overtime.
Cardiovascular Homograft Bank
Established by the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), the objective of the National Cardiovascular Homograft Bank (NCHB) is to create a local source of cryopreserved human heart valves, vascular tissue and trachea for transplants.
Singapore Eye Bank
The Singapore Eye Bank (SEB) was established in 1991 as a non-profit, independent organisation. SEB aims to procure, process and distribute tissue of the highest quality for transplantations in Singapore. There is a growing list of patients in Singapore today who are either blind or suffering from corneal diseases, and are waiting for a corneal graft operation to restore their sight.
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