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
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.
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.
Operating Theatre usage was computerised for effective control and efficient scheduling.
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.
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.
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
The Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery Department performed the
region's first cross-hand transplantation.
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.· 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
A medical co-operation agreement appointing each other as the preferred
partner in providing respective services was signed between NUH and AEA
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.