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1996

January

Major physical upgrading and improvements to existing facilities such as the retail pharmacy, front lobby, lift lobbies and corridors continued from 1995. Covered walkways and an air-conditioned bus shuttle service to and from the Hospital were also added.

A dedicated Diabetes Clinic was set up to provide more comprehensive, co-ordinated care for diabetics.

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology scored another region's first with the reported birth of two sets of twins from frozen embryo donations.


February

The first phase of I-CARE, a new, in-house developed computerised system designed to support the Hospital's patient-centre healthcare delivery practice, was introduced in March.

A designated Resuscitation Team was implemented to ensure a definite and improved response to cardiac/respiratory arrests.

A consolidated Neurosciences Service combining the expertise of neurologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists, provides one-stop convenience for neurology patients.


April

A flexi-time scheme to help working mothers balance their dual roles at work and home was introduced.

A teleradiology link with Alexandra Hospital for CT scans provides more efficient reading and interpretation by our senior consultants.


May

Operating Theatre usage was computerised for effective control and efficient scheduling.


June

Singapore's first living-related liver transplant was successfully performed. 18-month-old Teo Wen Rui received a liver graft from his mother, Madam Poh Siew Kuan.


July

With computed radiography digital processing of x-ray images, a teleradiology link with A&E was set up for on-line access to images and radiological opinions from the Department of Diagnostic Imaging.

Implementation of the Laboratory Results Reporting System allows for on-line access of lab results from various patient care areas.


September

Kent Ridge Wing, NUH's new extension building opened its doors to the public on 9 September.

NUH Link, a 24-hour automated answering service was launched to provide information on frequently asked questions about the hospital's services.
The Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Department performed the region's first cross-hand transplantation.


October

The then Minister of Health, BG(NS) George Yeo and Permanent Secretary (Health), Mr Koh Yong Guan toured the new facilities at Kent Ridge Wing and announced the introduction of therapeutic radiology services in two years' time.ยท Hewlett Packard bought a licence to NUH's home-grown patient information system, I-CARE.

Radiology Information System (RIS), another step in the Hospital-wide integrated computerisation strategy was launched at the Department of Diagnostic Imaging.


December

A medical co-operation agreement appointing each other as the preferred partner in providing respective services was signed between NUH and AEA International.

After eight failed attempts to conceive under the conventional IVF programme, a woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl under a new refined technique pioneered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It marks the first time that a zona-free blastocyst has been implanted in a woman on Day 5 of fertilisation.