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Neonatal Services

A neonate is a newborn in his first 28 days of life. He or she can be born full term or prematurely (before 37 weeks of gestation).

 

Neonatal care is a specialised field with trained health professionals managing newborns. Our paediatricians specialising in neonatology receive additional training in newborn care.

 

Established in 1990, the Department of Neonatology provides a full range of specialist care: pre-delivery counselling for parents with high-risk pregnancies, attendance at high-risk deliveries, resuscitation of a sick newborn, neonatal intensive care, well-baby nursery care, post-discharge follow-up and continuity of care. We are the first Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)-certified hospital in Singapore.

 

We are equipped with intensive care and special care beds, equipment for mechanical ventilation, high frequency oscillatory ventilation, and inhaled nitric oxide. We also have capabilities for continuous brain wave monitoring (aEEG) and cooling equipment (therapeutic hypothermia) for brain-injured newborns. We provide bedside ultrasound monitoring of the brain and heart.

 

We have two well-baby nurseries in two postnatal wards. Newborns with jaundice undergo phototherapy and well babies receive their vaccinations and physical checks here.

 

We strongly encourage mothers to keep their newborns at the bedside to facilitate breastfeeding and bonding. We have lactation consultants to answer your breastfeeding enquiries.

 

Our doctors perform physical screening of newborns, then communicate and help parents adjust to their new roles. We provide continuing care in the outpatient setting through our neonatal specialist clinics for the newborns who may require specialist care, as well as babies who choose to continue their vaccinations and follow up with us.

 

Our Team

Our dedicated team of doctors and nurses provides continuous monitoring, investigations and specialised medical and nursing care for your newborn. We provide pre- and post-operative care for newborns requiring surgery including complex congenital heart surgeries and neurosurgeries.

 

Head & Senior Consultant

:  A/Prof Zubair Amin

Emeritus Consultant

:  A/Prof Roy Joseph

Senior Consultant

:  A/Prof Lee Jiun

Senior Consultant

:  Dr Ng Peng Mei Yvonne

Senior Consultant

:  Dr Krishnamoorthy Niduvaje

Consultant

:  Dr Lee Le Ye

Consultant

:  Dr Chinnadurai Amutha

Consultant

:  Dr Biswas Agnihotri

Associate Consultant

:  Dr Preethi Chandrasekaran

 

Neonatology

Outpatient Services

  • Feeding and nutritional assessment
  • Newborn jaundice and follow-up
  • Routine and special immunisations
  • Developmental assessment
  • Specialist non-emergency consult for children under our care

 

Premature and developmentally at-risk newborns

  • Long term growth and developmental follow-up
  • Psychometric assessment
  • Multidisciplinary interventional programme

 

Departmental doctors may continue to provide care into adolescent years.

 

Inpatient Services

  • Paediatrician stand-by at delivery
  • Screening for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, congenital hypothyroidism and metabolic disorders using tandem mass spectrometry
  • Universal screening of hearing impairment with otoacoustic emission (OAE) and automated auditory brainstem response (AABR)
  • Screening test for inborn errors of metabolism
  • Special care nursery
  • Intensive care unit with facilities such as high frequency oscillatory ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, total parenteral nutrition, pre- and post-operative care of surgical newborns, in-house ultrasonography and brain function monitor
  • Perinatal high-risk pregnancy consultation
  • Phototherapy for jaundice
  • Bereavement and palliative care support to terminally ill neonatal patients under our care and their families
  • Breastfeeding consultation and advice

 

Support Group and Programmes

 

What To Expect On Your First Appointment?

Our practice is to have a close follow-up until you are confident of taking care of your newborn.

 

The first appointment for your newborn usually takes place within one to three days after the discharge from nursery. This is a special visit to ascertain the transition of mother and newborn from our hospital to home and determine the overall wellbeing of your newborn. Please make sure that you keep this appointment.

 

We will ask you questions related to your newborn’s well-being with particular attention to feeding, urination, stooling, and overall behaviour. We will also weigh your newborn, preferably without clothes and diaper, perform a physical examination and assess his or her nutritional status. We may perform a non-invasive test to measure level of jaundice (transcutaneous bilirubin) and, if indicated, do additional blood test in selected newborns.

 

Aside from that, we have a dedicated breastfeeding support team. We may refer you to our lactation consultants if you need help with breastfeeding.

 

Additionally, we will provide you with further guidance on how to look after your newborn and arrange follow-up visits.

 

Contact Us

Baby and Child Clinic (BCC)

Location

:  Kent Ridge Wing, Level 3 (co-located with NUH Women’s Clinic)

Opening Hours

:  Monday to Thursday - 8.30am to 5.00pm
   Friday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
   Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Telephone

:  +65 6772 2255/2277

Email

:  Womens_Clinic@nuhs.edu.sg

Make/Change Appointment

:  +65 6772 2002
   Click here to make an appointment online

Note: Baby and Child Clinic is for babies and children under 2 years of age. This clinic does not accept patients who are having fever or otherwise suffering from contagious diseases.

 

Children's Specialist Clinic (Clinic A)

Location

:  Main Building, Level 1

Opening Hours

:  Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 5.30pm
   Saturday - 8.30am to 12.30pm

Telephone

:  +65 6772 5736

Fax

:  +65 6774 8632

Email

:  Clinic_A_PSA@nuhs.edu.sg

Make/Change Appointment

:  +65 6772 2002
   Click here to make an appointment online

 

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