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2009

  • NUH’s first off-site ward, NUH Ward 1@ West Point Hospital operational since 11 May.  This facility extension, conform to both the regulatory and NUH standards is a measure to reduce patients’ wait time for beds.

  • NUHS and SAF Medical Corps (SAFMC) signed a MoU to advance medical research, specialty training and education, as well as facilitate professional development through joint seminars, collaboration in courses and regular networking forums.

  • First collective agreement signing between the Healthcare Services Employees' Union and NUH

  • First Local Nursing Collaborating Centre with Joanna-Briggs Institute (JBI)

  • MOU signing between NUH Rehabilitation Medicine Department and the Singapore Polytechnic to overcome limitations in current therapy to help patients achieve better outcomes.

  • The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) entered into a 15-year collaboration with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) to provide radiation oncology services to TTSH patients. As a recognised national cancer centre, NCIS is also sharing its expertise and experience in building a comprehensive range of clinical services, which are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of specialists and a full suite of modern medical equipment.

  • Launch of NUH Facebook page on 26 Oct.

  • NUH Eye Centre @ Biopolis that is designed with the patients’ interest and safety in mind to provide a wide range of eye care services, LASIK and refractive surgery for patients was officially opened on 3 November. Located within the research hub of Biopolis, the Centre aims to also facilitate greater opportunities for research collaboration, not just for Ophthalmology, but for other disciplines as well.

  • Development of a three-minute tool to assess patients’ nutritional needs.

  • Overcame medical barriers in living donor transplantation with transplantation involving blood group Incompatibility and Cross Match Positive.

  • Launch of Médico, the quarterly newsletter specially for our GP partners, that features topics that focus on pioneering medical technology, treatment procedures, and cutting-edge research that will support our efforts in building our credibility as a budding Academic Medical Centre.

  • Pioneered scar-free operation in end April. This new technique which involves making a small incision of just 2cm around the naval area for abdominal surgeries such as gall stones, stomach tumors, inflamed appendices and hernias. A port, through which a camera and other surgical tools are inserted, goes through the small incision for surgery to be carried out. It leaves virtually no scar and patients can expect less post-surgical pain.

  • First hospital in Asia to launch a simulated laboratory for critical care training on 26 May. For realistic training, the 100-sq ft laboratory consists of a HD room and an ICU room (which are replicas of the actual set-up), as well as a seminar room with live feed facilities for practical training classes which allow nurses to practise their acquired skills in a simulated environment before attending to patients.

  • Completion of the renovations of our Emergency Medicine Department of which the NUHS Way principles were adopted in the design, improving workflow and experience of patients.

  • Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Health Promotion Board to implement the NUH Inpatient Education on Chronic Diseases, which aims to integrate self management of chronic diseases into the existing clinical management of inpatients.

  • Introduction of the end-to-end automated inpatient medication management system that  leverages technology by connecting our eIMR, iPAS and eMAS, and seeks to eliminate human errors when serving medication to patients. Besides enabling patient safety, it also improves efficiency and allows our staff to focus on patient-centric activities.

  • New and non-invasive procedure, CT/Virtual Colonography for the detection of polyps made available.

  • Opening of the Outpatient Infusion Centre (OPIC) on 21 January. OPIC offers specialised parenteral therapy to help patients with a wide range of conditions, from inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, to conditions associated with ageing such as osteoporosis. It saves patients admissions and time away from their workplace.