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9
Aug
2022

National Day Awards 2022

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​The Singapore National Day Awards honour individuals for their service and contributions to Singapore. This year, a total of 6,258 individuals in 21 award categories received National Day Honours. These included several recipients from National University Health System, National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Alexandra Hospital, National University Polyclinics and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. 

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1
Aug
2022

医院疗养院办演出 让住院者感受国庆气氛 (Hospitals and nursing homes organise performances for patients to immerse in National Day atmosphere)

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Ms Vanessa Phang, a musician from Myo Entertainment, will be performing National Day songs in JCH wards on 5 August. She hopes that the familiar songs will spread cheer to the patients. The article also mentioned that NTFGH and JCH have progressively resumed the Music-on-the-Move programme in May.

In AH, a volunteer performed National Day songs on 26 July. Patients will also receive special National Day desserts as part of the hospital’s tradition.

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30
Jul
2022

国大医学组织表扬护士坚毅信念 新品种胡姬花首次以护士命名 (NUHS commends nurses for their commitment and perseverance - new orchid species named after nurses for the first time)

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Lianhe Zaobao reported that public will soon be able to see new orchid species at the hospitals and polyclinics under the National University Health System (NUHS) cluster. This unique orchid species, named Dendrobium Incredible NUHS Nurses, is the first national flower to be named after the nurses in Singapore, in recognition of their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 July, NUHS celebrated Nurses' Day, and presented the Chief Nurses, who represented the nurses, a pot of the unique Dendrobium orchid. Giving an orchid a distinguished name is a tradition in Singapore to honour distinguished individuals and organisations, or to commemorate major events. Prof Yeoh Khay Guan, Chief Executive, NUHS, said the nurses in Singapore have shown incredible care, compassion, courage and conviction, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Tan Poh Hoon, Senior Nurse Clinician, Alexandra Hospital, and Ms Noor Hasanah Hasnan, Nurse Manager, National University Hospital, were also featured on their dedication towards nursing.

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30
Jul
2022

Nurses describe their struggles, challenges in new book

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25
Jul
2022

Thyroid disease: Women are 5 times more likely to get it than men – here’s how to spot the signs

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​Dr Kathleen Sek, Consultant, Division of Endocrinology, National University Hospital, and FAST and Chronic Programme, Alexandra Hospital, elaborated on thyroid disease. She added that though thyroid disorder can take different forms, the two most common ones are hyperthyroidism - where the thyroid gland releases too much thyroid hormones, and hypothyroidism - where it does not produce enough of it.      

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20
Jul
2022

Galling problem

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​The number of gallstone disease cases in Singapore is increasing. Dr Thng Yongxian, a consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital's division of hepatopancreatobiliary and general surgery, says possible reasons for the increase are an increasing population size, ageing population and unhealthy lifestyle, coupled with a high consumption of high-fat processed food and lack of exercise.

There was also a 50 per cent spike in patients at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital undergoing gallbladder removal surgery in 2021 compared with 2020. Dr Thng says this was due to the pandemic when non-urgent surgeries were temporarily deferred to cope with the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Dr Nigel Tan, an associate consultant with the division of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Alexandra Hospital, has also seen a 10 to 15 per cent increase in patients with the condition in the past few years. He says the rise is likely related to increasing referrals from polyclinics and general practitioner clinics.

 To prevent gallstone disease, doctors advise people to maintain a diet that is high in fibre and low in refined carbohydrates, sugar and saturated fats, and to exercise regularly. Says Dr Tan: "While gallstone disease is treatable, leading both an active lifestyle and maintaining a healthy diet can help one avoid this altogether."   

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6
Jul
2022

Robots to the rescue

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Robots are changing the face of healthcare in Singapore by interacting with patients and complementing the work of nurses. Alexandra Hospital (AH) deploys a mobile robot made by multinational robotics company temi to visit housebound patients and provide medication. The National University Health System (NUHS) also deploys robot exoskeletons for rehabilitation. 

Robots offer hope to patients who find their mobility or other daily functions reduced after illness. In 2019, NUHS launched the largest clinical study in Asia to examine how effective bionic exoskeletons are inpatient rehabilitation. Dr Effie Chew, head of rehabilitation medicine at AH, says the results of the pilot have been promising, especially for patients whose mobility and coordination were affected by stroke. Patients using exoskeletons can achieve, on average, more than 500 steps in a 20-minute gait training session, compared with 50 to 100 steps in conventional rehabilitation. 

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3
Jul
2022

New nursing home for dementia patients in the works

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15
Jun
2022

Ready for next wave: Public hospitals prepared to set aside more beds for Covid-19 patients, no plans to freeze leave

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​TODAY quoted A/Prof Thomas Loh, Group Chairman, Medical Board, National University Health System, who said that National University Health System is prepared and equipped to handle a potential surge in COVID-19 cases. He added that National University Health System hospitals – namely National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Alexandra Hospital – are closely monitoring the situation and will adjust their response accordingly. National University Health System will also do its best to optimise resources for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients and will continue to remain vigilant and maintain sufficient capacity in inpatient facilities, including intensive care and isolation facilities. 

TODAY also spoke to three hospital staff under National University Health System, who declined to be named as they have not been authorised to speak to media, that they have not had their leave frozen.

A/Prof Alex Cook, Vice Dean of Research, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, highlighted that only two groups of people need to be highly concerned about the possible upcoming COVID-19 wave – those in the healthcare system and the vulnerable, such as the elderly and those who have not been vaccinated. 

Visiting Prof Tikki Elka Pangetsu from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, added that people need not be worried if they have been vaccinated and that evidence from other countries so far indicated that the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants cause only mild disease.



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26
May
2022

Hot In The City

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Straits Times reported that doctors have cautioned the public against heat-related health risks as Singapore would be facing weeks-long heat and drier weather that was expected to persist till September. Healthcare providers, including the National University Polyclinics (NUP), observed an increase in patients with heat-related injuries and have been seeing a rise in patients with mild conditions such as heat rashes and eczema flare-ups.

A/Prof Jason Lee from Department of Physiology, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, urged that outdoor workers, which include cleaners and construction workers, should be given more rest breaks, cooling options and shelter.

Several experts shared tips to avoid heat stress as well as common treatments for heat injury cases. These included Dr Keith Ho, Head, Urgent Care Centre, Alexandra Hospital and Senior Consultant, Emergency Medicine Department, National University Hospital, and Dr Loh Jun Hao, Family Physician, Jurong Polyclinic, NUP.

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19
May
2022

More NUP Polyclinics to offer mental health and geriatric services

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​Three more National University Polyclinics (NUP) would offer psychiatric services for mild to moderate forms of common mental health issues and would also help relieve the increasing load at hospitals. Meanwhile, the Jurong and Pioneer polyclinics would offer geriatric services probably from September, as more family physicians and nurse care managers are being trained on how to identify and manage frailty in seniors. The programme was initiated by Dr Lydia Au, head of geriatric medicine at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. The programme began in Bukit Batok Polyclinic and then Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic in 2019. Alexandra Hospital in early 2021 started a similar programme in Queenstown Polyclinic and Clementi Polyclinic. From July 2019 till March 2022, the programme had completed the assessment of 300 patients. These plans, which National University Health System briefly shared to mark the World Family Doctor Day on 19 May, were in line with the preventive healthcare strategy known as Healthier SG that the Ministry of Health announced in March.

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5
May
2022

She suffered a stroke while pregnant at seven months

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​The article featured Ms Joy Chia, a former patient who suffered a stroke in August while seven months pregnant. She was rushed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and subsequently transferred to National University Hospital, where the surgeons performed surgery on her skull and an emergency C-section 11 days later. The C-section went smoothly and Ms Chia was put on life support for about a week. She was subsequently transferred to Alexandra Hospital for rehabilitation and was thankful to the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists who aided her in her recovery.

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10
Mar
2022

Mental Health services to be expanded, idea for permanent agency

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​The National Addictions Management Service, currently based in the Institute of Mental Health, will be extended to other hospitals. These include National University Hospital and Changi General Hospital.

National University Health System will set up psychiatric services at the redeveloped Alexandra Hospital. The hospital will have inpatient beds for acute and sub-acute psychiatric care and rehabilitation, and offer medical psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry as well as psychogeriatrics to those in the west of Singapore.

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10
Mar
2022

MOH to pilot virtual wards for more medical conditions

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​The COVID-19 virtual wards at National University Hospital, Singapore General Hospital and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital have helped more than 700 patients and saved more than 5,000 hospital bed days. A similar initiative under the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation called MIC@Home will be launched in the first half of this year for patients with other medical conditions and for those who require post-operative care. Three pilots will be rolled out, at National University Hospital and Alexandra Hospital (NUHS@Home), Singapore General Hospital (SGH@Home) and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (YH Medical Home).

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8
Mar
2022

医疗社工 当病患的引路灯 (Medical Social Workers – a guiding light for patients)

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​In conjunction with World Social Work Day on 15 March, zbLOHAS featured Medical Social Workers (MSWs) from NUH, NTFGH and AH in a cover story.
NUH’s Ms Adalia Tan, NTFGH’s Mr Samuel Tan and AH’s Ms Lim Yu Bing shared what their job entails, and how they assist patients and their families cope with emotional, psycho-social, financial and care problems arising from ill health and traumatic injuries. The article mentioned that MSWs work with hospital multidisciplinary teams and community partners to formulate patient care plans.

The MSWs also debunked common misconceptions about the profession, including how they are often regarded as volunteers and that they only focus on low-income families.

Registration details of JCH’s virtual caregiver talk titled “Healthcare Financing and Caregiver Resources” happening on 26 March 2022 are listed.

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