In recognising the need to better integrate and deliver holistic healthcare to our patients, the Health Ministry recently reorganised the healthcare institutions into five major clusters.
This re-structuring will ensure that our major hospitals function as ‘honey-comb’ satellites with close partnerships between hospitals and step-down care providers offering patient care through the different phases of life.
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Established in 1844, Tan Tock Seng Hospital is the second largest acute care general hospital in Singapore with 1200 beds and specialty centres in Rehabilitation Medicine and Communicable Diseases. The JCI-accredited hospital provides high quality holistic healthcare services to the people of Singapore and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and medical equipment, as well as the latest communication and information technology tools. Tan Tock Seng Hospital champions the development of Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Disease Management, Rehabilitation Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology in Singapore. They are also a major referral centre for Geriatric Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gastroenterology, Otorhinolaryngology and Orthopaedic Surgery.
Institute of Mental Health
The Institute of Mental Health/Woodbridge Hospital is Singapore’s only institution providing multi-disciplinary tertiary psychiatric services. They have the country’s largest pool of mental health professionals working together under one roof to offer a comprehensive range of psychiatric, rehabilitative and counseling services designed to meet the needs of namely children adolescents, adult and elderly. Serving approximately 2000 inpatients, they also have a network of satellite outpatient clinics and day centres around the island, outside the main campus. As a specialist centre, it integrates research in the best interest of patient care and has received JCI-accreditation.
National Healthcare Group
The National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHG Polyclinics) is a full-service primary health care provider that manages the following nine polyclinics:
Their services range from management of acute and chronic medical conditions, health education, childhood immunisation, health screening and vaccinations, X-ray and laboratory services as well as minor surgical procedures.
Being a tertiary-care institute, Singapore’s National Skin centre is dedicated to providing specialized dermatological services, while training and educating both medical students and post-graduate trainees. Located within walking distance from Tan Tock Seng Hospital, NSC aims to be the regional referral and research centre for the treatment of complex skin conditions. It is currently a recognised dermatological training centre for local and foreign skin specialists, and paramedical personnel.
University Hospital (NUH)
The National University Hospital (NUH), a member of the National University Health System (NUHS), is a tertiary specialist hospital that provides advanced, leading-edge medical care and services. NUH is located in the western regions of Singapore and has over 900 beds. It is a JCI-accredited hospital and a major referral centre that delivers tertiary care for a wide range of medical and dental specialties including Cardiology, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery. It is the principal teaching hospital of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry.
General Hospital (SGH-Duke)
With about 1,500 beds in its centrally-located campus, SGH is the largest acute general hospital in Singapore. SGH has a comprehensive range of over 28 clinical specialties and also boasts a wide spectrum of services and facilities. Being one of the oldest hospitals in Singapore, SGH has always been committed to the progress and development of medical education and research in Singapore. With the recent setting up of the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, SGH (in partnership with NUS) will continue to reinvent and improve the way research and medical training is being carried out in Singapore.
Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)
Being a national and regional one-stop centre for cancer treatment, NCCS has adopted a holistic and multidisciplinary approach in their patient care. With its centrally located compound and through its affiliations with the other hospitals, NCCS treats about 70% of all cancer patients in Singapore. NCCS also undertakes training and education of medical, radiation & surgical oncologists and other allied health personnel to develop relevant clinical and basic research programmes. All these are in line with NCCS’ continual strive to be the leading centre for the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of clinical oncology.
NDC is Singapore’s only referral centre for patients in need of specialist oral healthcare. With the vision of becoming Singapore’s leading organization in quality oral healthcare and to continue to set the standards in dental practices, NDC has been heavily involved in dentistry training, clinical research and upgrading its facilities. To date, NDC has 92 fully-equipped dental operatories and a day surgery with 6 operating theatres.
Neuroscience Institute (NNI)
As a renowned international specialist centre for the patient care, education and collaborative research in complex neurological diseases, NNI provides a wide range of over 20 sub-specialty treatment for illnesses that affect the brain, spine and muscles. NNI also boasts state-of-the-art equipment and neuro-imaging technologies, and is the only institute in Singapore with a dedicated Neuro-radiology Department. As with other tertiary specialty centres, NNI also offers its neuroscience services and expertise to several other hospitals in Singapore.
With its 186-bed campus, National Heart Centre is a tertiary institute dedicated to the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Located centrally alongside Singapore General Hospital, NHC is the national referral centre for any cardiovascular condition in need of specialist care. NHC is also continually pushing its acclaim as the region’s centre for referral tertiary care and as a centre for research and education in the fields relating to cardiovascular and thoracic services.
National Eye Centre (SNEC)
SNEC is at the forefront in spearheading and coordinating the way ophthalmological services is being provided in Singapore. As the designated national and regional centre for the treatment of eye diseases, SNEC is heavily involved in clinical trials and research into the causes and treatment of major eye conditions, such as myopia and glaucoma. To further its capabilities and to meet the increasing demands for quality eye treatment, SNEC has fostered strategic links with leading eye institutions around the world and has also recently expanded its compound to include a new extension wing.
Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH)
Being the only integrated Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore, KKH’s 880-bed compound is dedicated to providing tertiary services in the fields of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Neonatology and Paediatrics. Located in the central regions of Singapore, KKH’s modern architecture houses some of the most sophisticated facilities prepared in handling high risk obstetrics, gynaecological oncology, urogynaecology, paediatric bone marrow transplants, paediatric open-heart surgeries and other complex conditions related to these fields.
SingHealth Polyclinics is a member of Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) that manages the following 9 polyclinics:
SingHealth Polyclinics provide affordable, seamless, patient-centred and preventive healthcare. It plays an integral role in promoting a healthy lifestyle within the community and empowering families with the knowledge of common health issues, care and treatment options.
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH)
Established in 2008, Alexandra Health currently manages the 550-bed general and acute care Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Jurong Medical Centre. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital is the first step in Alexandra Health’s plans to build an integrated healthcare hub to serve the community in the north of Singapore. Future plans include the establishment of a new community hospital and a medical centre.
Ng Teng Fong
JurongHealth is building the 700-bed Ng Teng Fong General Hospital which will be twinned with the 286-bed Jurong Community Hospital to provide holistic care for patients. Slated for completion in 2014 and early 2015 respectively, the hospitals will form an integral part of the Jurong Lakeside District Masterplan, with easy access to public transport services (Jurong East MRT Station, Jurong East Bus Interchange) and retail/entertainment hubs. Working with partners such as healthcare providers like General Practitioners, polyclinics, community hospitals, long term care providers and voluntary welfare associations, JurongHealth aims to bring health and wellness one step closer to home.
Changi General Hospital (CGH) is a 790-bed hospital in the east recognised for its excellence and compassion in service and patient care. CGH offers a comprehensive range of medical specialties and services, helmed by a highly experienced and skilled team of healthcare professionals who consistently deliver excellent health outcomes and care for patients. CGH has established itself as a centre of medical excellence with services such as the Integrated Sleep Service, Breast Centre @ Changi, Hepatobiliary Service, Vascular Surgery, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and the Changi Sports Medicine Centre. CGH believes in the power of compassion in caring for patients, showing concern and empathy for them throughout their health journey. To improve care for patients, CGH has adopted a proactive integrated care approach. Partnering healthcare providers in the east through the Eastern Health Alliance and innovating by adopting new medical technologies and systems, CGH aims to deliver better, seamless and integrated medical services. CGH has been JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited since 2005.
The inception of Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) dates back to 1992 when Ministry of Health (MOH) established the Care Liaison Service (CLS) as a central body to coordinate and facilitate the placement of elderly sick to nursing homes and chronic sick units. Its primary role is to coordinate, manage and monitor referrals to government funded nursing homes, day rehabilitation centres, chronic sick facilities and its secondary role is to help improve the integration of hospitals to nursing homes and other community providers. AIC provides all restructured hospitals with teams (called Aged Care Transition Teams or ACTION Teams) that coordinate discharge planning and facilitate the transition of elderly patients from hospitals to the intermediate and long-term care (ILTC) sector. Today, AIC has been transformed into a national policy implementation unit that drives Singapore's healthcare integration model into the 'honey-comb' satellites structure.