Department of Neonatology
A neonate is a newborn in his first 28 days of life. He/She can be born full term or prematurely (before 37 weeks of gestation).
Neonatal care is a specialised field with trained personnel managing these newborn infants.
Established in 1990, the Department of Neonatology provides the full range of specialist care: pre-delivery counseling of parents with high-risk pregnancies, attendance at high-risk deliveries, resuscitation of the sick newborn, neonatal intensive care, well-baby nursery care and follow-up.
Our dedicated team of doctors and nurses are able to provide continuous monitoring, investigations and specialized medical and nursing care for these newborns. We are also able to provide pre and post-operative care for neonates requiring surgery.
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 as well as cooling equipment for brain-injured infants. We are able to provide bedside ultrasound monitoring of the brain and heart.
We have two well-baby nurseries in two postnatal wards. Here, newborns with jaundice can undergo phototherapy, and well babies receive their vaccinations and physical checks.
We strongly encourage mothers to room-in with their babies (keep their babies at the bedside to facilitate breastfeeding and bonding).
Standard screening tests for G6PD deficiency, congenital hypothyroidism and the universal newborn hearing screening are performed for all newborns. A screening test for inborn errors of metabolism is also available.
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 special baby who may require specialist care, as well as well-babies who choose to continue their vaccinations with us.
Well baby care
- Newborn jaundice follow-up
- Routine and special immunisations
- Developmental assessment
- Specialist non-emergency consult for children
Premature and developmentally at-risk babies
- Long term growth and developmental follow-up
- Psychometric assessment
- Multi-disciplinary interventional programme
- 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)
- Paediatrician stand-by at delivery
- Special care nursery with Level 2 services
- Intensive care nursery with Level 3 facilities, including high frequency oscillatory ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide therapy, total parenteral nutrition, pre- and post-operative care of surgical neonates, in-house ultrasonography and brain function monitor
- ECMO (Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
- Perinatal high-risk pregnancy consultation
- Phototherapy for jaundice
- Breastfeeding consult and advice