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Emergency Medicine Department

Our Services

Our 24-hour Emergency Medicine Department at NUH is staffed 24/7 by registered specialists working together with other in-house specialists to provide cost effective, efficient and quality treatment for all emergencies, major disasters and mass casualties.

24-hour service hotline: (65) 6772 5000

Our Services include:

Click here to find out what to expect when you visit our Emergency Department.

Heart Attack
Emergency intervention for heart attacks is coordinated with the cardiologists. 24-hr availability of cardiac intervention services has given our patients the best chance of surviving a heart attack and making a big difference in the quality of life after recovery.

Time is critical for anyone experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack and at our department, an electrocardiogram (ECG) will be performed for patients with chest pain once they arrive.

Depending on the type and severity of the heart attack, the cardiac team takes patients from our department directly to a fully-equipped cardiac catheterisation suite, available 24 hours a day, to clear blocked arteries of the heart.


Our department plays a pivotal role on the hospital's stroke team, which is devoted to rapid intervention for acute strokes.

Time is of the essence in any stroke case. It is now proven that patients who suffer acute strokes can benefit from thrombolytic therapy if the medication is administered within 3 hours of the stroke. Our department works in tandem with the departments of radiology and neurology to provide immediate CT scans of the brain and rapid intervention if needed, providing the patient a chance for recovery from a stroke. This service is also available 24hrs.


Asthma/Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases Care
Asthmatics and patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases (COLD) are treated with priority in our department.

Asthmatic patients are reviewed immediately by a doctor and treatment started immediately in a dedicated monitored area within our department. These patients will be managed with our respiratory physicians under our asthma protocol where early use of steroids and early review at the asthma clinic has resulted in marked compliance and improved prevention of asthma attack.

We are the first emergency department in Singapore to use Non Invasive Ventilation actively in the management of COLD. A close collaboration with the respiratory unit in the hospital has help prevent many unnecessary intubation of COLD patients and improve their care at the emergency room.


Being located near a major expressway, serving the largest heavy industry area and shipyard industries in Singapore, the physicians and nurses of our department have years of experience in treating all types of trauma from broken bones to serious wounds and chemical accidents.

There is a dedicated trauma team that can be activated at anytime to ensure quality management of trauma cases arriving at our department.


Tertiary Emergency Medicine

  • Early intervention for heart attacks
  • Early intervention for strokes
  • Major Trauma care
  • Early intervention for bleeding gastrointestinal tract
  • Plastic surgery and Burns services
  • Vascular emergencies services
  • Dental services
  • Acute Eye Conditions
  • Acute ENT conditions
  • Acute psychiatric condition


Extended Diagnostic Treatment Unit (Observational Unit)

Our department has a 16 bedded Observational Unit staffed by emergency physicians. We are capable of admitting up to 15 medical/surgical conditions for observation and therapy. 3 of the beds are equipped with state-of-the-art cardiac monitors used for patients undergoing our chest pain protocol.

Intensified therapy and extended diagnostic testing allows patient's condition to be accurately assessed and managed at our observational unit, translating into cost
savings for the patients.


Endoscopy Services
Our department works closely with the gastroenterology and surgical unit, providing emergency endoscopy service.

Patients vomiting or passing blood will be seen at our department and the endoscopist on call will be activated. Endoscopy will be performed as soon as possible once the patient is stablised and medical therapy has been initiated at our department.