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The History of Our Hospital

Beginnings Under The British (1930s - 1940s)

1938: The British Military Hospital Is Constructed

  • Chief Draughtsman Major J.W. Colbran leads Royal Engineers in the construction of the hospital, on a 32-acre site

1940: The Hospital Opens

  • The British Military Hospital at Alexandra opens. The 356-bedder facility begins service as the main military hospital in the region for the British.

1941 – 1945: World War II Breaks Out

  • The hospital expands to 550 beds, and supposedly stretches its occupancy to 900 patients at its peak, using makeshift beds during the war.
  • About 200 staff and patients lose their lives in an attack by Japanese soldiers.

1945 – 1970: British Army Reclaims The Hospital

  • The hospital continues to serve the British Military after the surrender of the Japanese in August 1945.


Transferring Services to Singaporeans (1971 – 2000)

1971: Handover to the Ministry of Health (MOH)

  • An official handover ceremony from the British to the MOH takes place on 11 September 1971, with a token $1 note mounted in a frame given to the latter, as a symbolic gesture.
  • The hospital gets renamed as Alexandra Road General Hospital, and reopens on 15 September 1971, serving as a general civilian hospital.

1975: First Major Surgical Breakthrough

  • Dr. Leong Hin Seng leads a team and performs the first successful limb reattachment surgery in Southeast Asia on 12 April 1975.
  • On 6 September 1975, President Benjamin Sheares opens Singapore's first self-dependency dialysis centre at Alexandra Hospital, in partnership with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF).


1994: First Geriatric Centre in Singapore

  • The nation's first geriatric centre opens, with services comprising of a day hospital for the elderly, a geriatric ward, specialist outpatient clinic, and mobile services for the homebound.

1995: Part of The National University of Singapore's (NUS) Medical School

  • Given the hospital's medical successes and distance to NUS, the NUS Medical School adopts the hospital as part of the campus, serving as an extension of its learning grounds.


1998: Establishment as a Historic Site

  • On 15 September 1998, the National Heritage Board declares Alexandra Hospital a historic site, in recognition of the medical services it provided during World War II.

Advancements in the 21st Century (2000 – present)

2000: Restructuring of Alexandra Hospital

  • Alexandra Hospital comes under the management of the National Healthcare Group (NHG), with Mr. Liak Teng Lit appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

2008: Establishment of Alexandra Health System

  • The Ministry of Health Holdings (MOHH) establishes a cluster known as the Alexandra Health, announcing that both Alexandra Hospital and a new Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in northern Singapore would come under its management.

2010: JurongHealth Services Moves In

  • The premises of Alexandra Hospital gets handed over to JurongHealth Services, serving as a holding site for a new Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), slated to open in 2015 at Jurong East.

2014: Gazetting as a Conserved Building

  • Alexandra Hospital becomes gazetted as a conserved building as part of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Master Plan 2014.

2015: Sengkang Health (SKH) Moves In

  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital begins operations at its new Jurong East site in June 2015, and the management of Alexandra Hospital gets taken over by SKH, acting as a holding site before their move to Sengkang in 2018.

2016: National University Health System (NUHS) Commences Planning for Alexandra

  • In February 2016, the Alexandra Campus Development Team is formed by the NUHS, to commence master planning for a new Alexandra Campus, as well as the transition to take over Alexandra Hospital's facilities from Sengkang Health in the second half of 2018.

2017: NUHS Takes Over Two Wards

  • NUHS begins services at Wards 2 & 3, taking over from Sengkang Health, in anticipation of a full takeover in June 2018.

2018: Healthcare Redesigned

  • NUHS officially takes over the premises of Alexandra Hospital in June 2018, pioneering a new healthcare model in Singapore.
  • The new model aims to provide patients with a more streamlined and hassle-free experience, delivered through singular team.



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