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    06 Dec 2013
    SingHealth and Duke-NUS join international translational medicine network

    SingHealth and Duke-NUS signed a memorandum of understanding with the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine to form a new global research network aimed at accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures. The network consists of an elite group of academic medical institutes from Europe and North America, with SingHealth and Duke-NUS as the only partners from Asia Pacific.  The Eureka Institute also plans to develop a master’s programme in the field over the next five years. As network members, SingHealth and Duke-NUS will be able to share the course to address skill gaps identified in Asia.

    The Business Times - pg 11

    11 Nov 2013
    NCCS study shows advanced stage lung cancer patients surviving longer

    A 12-year long study by National Cancer Centre Singapore revealed that advanced stage lung cancer patients survive up to 4 months longer. The study tracked more than 5,000 lung cancer patients between 2001 to 2012, and found that overall survival rates went up from about 8 months in the years before 2005 to about 12 months in the years after 2005. This is attributed in part to more effective and targeted chemotherapy. In an advanced setting, additional chemotherapy drugs help prolong the duration of disease control. Lung cancer may be transforming into a more chronic disease with fairly effective treatments to have more durable periods of disease control.

    Shin Min - pg 4

    04 Nov 2013
    Research team led by researchers from NCCS and Duke-NUS maps genes in bile duct cancer

    A Singapore-led research team has discovered critical genes in bile duct cancers from different parts of the word, and the discovery may have major implications on cancer prevention. The team was led by professors from National Cancer Centre Singapore and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and also involved researchers from Romania and Thailand. The study was published in Nature Genetics, a prestigious science journal. The team was also invited to join the International Cancer Genome Consortium, which provides a platform for top researchers to collaborate.

    The Straits Times - pg B2

    28 Oct 2013
    Sengkang General and Community Hospitals to be ready by 2018
    A ground breaking ceremony was held for Sengkang General and Community Hospitals on 27 October 2013 with Minister for Health as the Guest of Honour for the event. Located at the junction of Sengkang East Road and Sengkang East Way, the hospital complex sits on 6.9ha of land near public housing and will be linked to the Cheng Lim LRT station. It will comprise a 1,000-bed general hospital and a 400-bed community hospital. The Sengkang team will also take over the running of Alexandra Hospital from the current team which will move to the new 700-bed Ng Teng Found Hospital in Jurong when it opens next year. Minister shared that planning has started on Singapore’s next new general hospital in the north.

    The Straits Times - pg A1
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 1
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 6
    20 Oct 2013
    SingHealth raises record $408,000 for President’s Challenge

    SingHealth raised a record of $408,000 for the President’s Challenge this year, up from $388,000 last year. Held at HPB on 19 Oct, the SingHealth Integrated Family Carnival wrapped up some four months of activities by various SingHealth to raise funds for the needy. Children from the Life Community Services Society had the opportunity to interact with President Tony Tan at the event.

    The Sunday Times - pg 20
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 6

    17 Oct 2013
    Assoc Prof Lim Swee Hia named Woman of the Year 2012/2013

    Assoc Prof Lim Swee Hia, Senior Director at SingHealth-Alice Lee IAN, Director of Special Projects at SGH and NHCS and President of Singapore Nurses Association, was named Her World Woman of the Year yesterday. Under Assoc Prof Lim's leadership, the proportion of SingHealth nurses with tertiary qualifications has raised from 30 per cent in 2008 to 40 per cent as of February this year. Over 100 of these nurses have master’s and PhD qualifications. She was also instrumental in helping SGH obtain the Magnet Accreditation in 2010 – the highest accolade for nursing excellence. The Young Woman Achiever Award went to A*Star research scientist Yeo Sze Ling. Dr Yeo lost her sight at the age of four after being diagnosed with glaucoma. Despite being visually impaired, she has earned three degrees, including a PhD in mathematics and is an adjunct assistant professor at NTU.

    The Straits Times - pg B7
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 8

    14 Oct 2013
    NDCS sinks teeth into 3-D moulds

    The National Dental Centre Singapore (NDCS) has been producing 3-D scans of patient teeth in place of full-sized plaster casts for orthodontic patients. Some 4,000 active patients have gone down this electronic route, while thousands of moulds belonging to former patients have been archived in a database. The digital images make it easier for dentists to do analyses, and also help free up storage space in the institution. Digital imaging also allows dentists to do more, such as make more precise measurements or conduct simulations to see how different treatment plans will pan out. Additionally, jaw surgery at NDCS taps on 3-D scanning and printing technology, as compared to flat images like X-rays and photographs used traditionally. This saves patients’ time as a 3-D scan takes less than a minute as compared to two-hour sessions where surgeons laboriously measure and record patients’ facial and jaw structure. The technology also helps surgeons plan the surgery and predict results better.

    The Straits Times - pg B3
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 4
    My Paper - pg B2

    03 Oct 2013
    SGH and Duke-NUS to study effectiveness of mobile app in helping type 2 diabetes patients new to insulin therapy

    Doctors from Singapore General Hospital's (SGH) Department of Endocrinology and IHiS have developed a mobile application named “SGH Diabetes Pal” to help type 2 diabetes patients who are new to insulin therapy overcome the daily challenge of not knowing how much insulin to inject at the appropriate time. SGH and Duke-NUS have also embarked on a study to determine if the app can help patients achieve good glycaemic control. This is the first such clinical trial involving mobile apps in a hospital setting. The study can potentially change current practices and improve the clinical understanding of diabetes management given the pervasiveness and simplicity of mobile apps.

    The Straits Times - pg B7
    Lianhe Zaobao - p7

    23 Sep 2013
    NCCS develops world’s first immunotherapy to lengthen lifespan of NPC patients

    National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) has developed the world’s first immunotherapy targeted at patients of nasopharynx cancer (NPC). Researchers used blood samples to develop therapy targeted at the  Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which causes NPC. Clinical trials on 38 end-stage nasopharynx cancer patients began in 2008. The study is funded by NCCS Research Fund and the results are expected to be ready in five years’ time.

    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 7

    18 Sep 2013
    NHCS researchers may have cure for dangerous heart rhythm disorder

    Researchers at National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) believe they are the first in the world to correct a potentially fatal genetic heart disorder with drugs. The disorder, long QT syndrome 2, affects the heart’s electrical activity and may cause sudden and dangerous rhythms in response to exercise or stress. It is primarily an inherited condition and is difficult to diagnose. It is also a cause of sudden cardiac death in the young. The team hopes to be able to produce a drug therapy within five to eight years, which could lead to a “permanent reversal of the genetic condition”. The researchers are now looking to conduct clinical trials to test the drug’s side effects in humans. They will, however, have to collaborate with research outfits around the world as patients with the syndrome are rare in Singapore.

    The Straits Times - pg B2
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 7

    13 Sep 2013
    NHCS team develops new method for heart patients to wear anti-embolic compression stockings more easily

    A seven-man team from National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), comprising mainly nurses, developed a new method for patients to wear tight anti-embolic compression stockings more easily with the aid of a plastic bag. Every patient who has had open heart surgery has to wear anti-embolic compression stockings all day for four to six weeks to improve blood circulation in the legs during convalescence. However, only 17 per cent of heart patients stuck to the tedious routine after they returned home, according to a study done last year by NHCS. With the introduction of the new method, more patients were willing to wear the stockings, with seven in 10 of them now going through the routine daily. The process also  takes an average of four minutes, down from 10 minutes previously.

    The Straits Times - pg B1

    27 Aug 2013
    “Thanks A Million” – SingHealth Transplant sets new Singapore record with over a million roses

    A new Singapore record has been set after students folded over a million paper roses as part of SingHealth’s Transplant Awareness Week. Since April this year, over 20,000 students learnt about the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation through SingHealth’s roadshows held in their schools. The paper flowers have been used to create an installation that serves as a tribute to organ and tissue donors. Dr Amy Khor, Minister of State for Health, launched the art installation.

    Shin Min - pg 6
    Lianhe Wanbao - pg 6

    14 Aug 2013
    SGH Pharmacy uses RFID technology and automated system to enhance medication safety and improve operational efficiency

    Singapore General Hospital is using a new intelligent Automated RFID Prescription Drug Delivery System at its Outpatient Pharmacy to pick and pack prescription medications. The new system is the first of its kind to be used in any hospital pharmacy and leverages RFID technology to enhance medication safety and improve operational efficiency. With the new system, the SGH Pharmacy is able to deliver better accuracy and achieve manpower savings. The design and implementation of the integrated system is a collaboration between SGH, Innotech Resources Pte Ltd, PSB Technologies Pte Ltd, EurekaPlus Pte Ltd, and IHiS.

    The Straits Time - pg B1

    11 Aug 2013
    NCCS, Duke-NUS and research collaboration team uncover the most potent carcinogen

    Researchers in Singapore and Taiwan have uncovered the world’s most potent cancer-causing substance – aristolochic acid (AA), a natural compound in Aristolochic plants that is used in herbal remedies and treating of ailments. AA has been found to cause more genetic mutations than cigarette smoke or UV light, and can lead to kidney failure and cancers. The team of researchers from National Cancer Centre Singapore, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and Taiwan’s Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, LinKou, used a new technique of studying molecular signatures of carcinogenic ingredients, which will allow them to uncover more cancer-causing substances. The study’s findings are published online in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

    The Sunday Times - pg 37

    30 Jul 2013
    SingHealth celebrates Nurses’ Day with new mobile app and scholarship award

    SingHealth, Singapore’s largest academic healthcare cluster, has launched a new mobile application known as the SingHealth Nurses Pal. It was launched by Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong as part of SingHealth’s annual Nurses’ Day celebrations held on 30 July 2013. The app acts as a reference guide for pressure ulcer management and fall prevention and also includes an intravenous drip rate calculator. The event also saw the launch of the SingHealth-Alice-Lee-Institute of Advanced Nursing Scholarship for Doctor of Nursing Practice programme.The inaugural scholarship award was presented to five Advanced Practice Nurses from SGH and KKH.

    The Straits Times, 27 July 2013 - pg D18, D19
    Shin Min, 30 July 2013 - pg 6
    The Straits Times, 31 July 2013 - pg A3, B6
    Lianhe Zaobao, 31 July 2013 - pg 10
    Berita Harian, 31 July 2013 - pg 1, 12

    25 Jul 2013
    SingHealth clinicians honoured with the National Medical Excellence Award

    Three SingHealth clinicians were honoured at the National Medical Excellence Award (NMEA) ceremony held on 24 July 2013. The award recognises public sector healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions to patient care. The National Outstanding Clinician Award was presented to Prof Fong Kok Yong, Chairman, Medical Board of SGH and Assoc Prof Terrance Chua, Deputy Medical Director, NHCS. The National Outstanding Clinician Educator Award was presented Assoc Prof Koo Wen Hsin, Deputy Director and Senior Consultant, Division of Medical Oncology, NCCS.

    The Straits Times - pg B2
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 14

    24 Jul 2013
    SGH study reveals effectiveness of new faecal incontinence treatment procedure

    A Singapore General Hospital (SGH) study has found that a new faecal incontinence treatment procedure, the Gatekeeper, is safe and effective in reducing patients’ number of faecal incontinence episodes. This study was presented at the 19th Asian Congress of Surgery and the inaugural SingHealth Surgical Congress held from 18 to 23 July 2013.

    Berita Harian - pg 9

    20 Jul 2013
    Academia - New iconic building for diagnostics, research and healthcare education opens officially on SGH campus

    Strategically located close to leading medical institutions and Duke- NUS Graduate Medical School on the SGH Campus, the official opening of Academia not only marks the completion of a cutting-edge facility but the creation of a rich eco-system that changes the way collaborative research, healthcare training and diagnostics are performed for the advancement of medicine. The 13-storey, twin-tower building is the world’s largest health-care training facility housing laboratories and conference facilities under one roof. The opening ceremony which was officiated by President Tony Tan Keng Yam, was held in conjunction with the 19th Asian Congress of Surgery and the inaugural SingHealth Surgical Congress.

    The Straits Times, 17 July 2013 - pg B3
    Lianhe Zaobao, 17 July 2013 - pg 5
    The Sunday Times, 21 July 2013 - pg 21
    Lianhe Zaobao, 21 July 2013 - pg 8

    The Sunday Times (SingHealth Tomorrow's Medicine Starts Here), 28 July 2013 - pg 15-23

    20 Jul 2013
    SGH study finds that faecal incontinence is more prevalent in females and the elderly

    A Singapore General Hospital (SGH) study revealed that close to five per cent of over 380 respondents suffer from faecal incontinence (FI), with female sufferers being three times more than males. The study findings also indicated that FI is more prevalent among the elderly, and that the age of 52 marks the point onwards where people have a higher risk of FI.  This study was presented at the 19th Asian Congress of Surgery and the inaugural SingHealth Surgical Congress held from 18 to 23 July 2013.

    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 12

    19 Jul 2013
    SGH's Mona Lisa robot enables doctors to detect prostate cancer more accurately and safely

    A team of doctors from Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and engineers from NTU have developed a robot named Mona Lisa that achieves 90 per cent accuracy in biopsy tests for prostate cancer. Mona Lisa also reduces the risk of infection to two out of 500 patients, from one in 20 patients using the previous manual procedure. SingHealth and NTU have patented the technology and use it on patients going for repeat prostate biopsy. The findings of this clinical invention, which demonstrate the advantages of Mona Lisa, were presented at the 19th Asian Congress of Surgery and the inaugural SingHealth Surgical Congress held from 18 to 23 July 2013.

    The Straits Times - pg B8

    18 Jul 2013
    SNEC introduces new eyedrops that slow down degenerative effects of myopia

    Doctors at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) have made a breakthrough in the fight against myopia - by treating it with eyedrops with a concentration of 0.01 per cent atropine. Results from an SNEC study where 400 short-sighted children were put on daily eyedrops with three lower atropine concentrations showed that side-effects were minimised with the diluted eyedrops, and those on the 0.01 dose fared the best with the least decline in eyesight. The eyedrops could be available in the next six months. 

    The Straits Times - pg A6

    10 Jun 2013
    Study by SingHealth Polyclinics finds written instructions put caregivers in better position to prevent deadly attacks in kids

    SingHealth Polyclinics study on 170 caregivers has found parents and caregivers who are given a “written asthma action plan” drawn up by their doctors are better placed to prevent deadly asthma attacks in their children. In light of the study’s findings, SingHealth has rolled out a free mobile app so users can have their personal plan on the go. Print copies issued by its polyclinics now carry a QR code, which can be read by the app.

    The Sunday Times - pg 24

    09 Jun 2013
    SingHealth Former Group Director of Nursing shares on the evolution of the nursing profession

    In an interview with The Sunday Times, Prof Lim Swee Hia, who is the former Group Director of Nursing at SingHealth, discussed on how the nursing profession has evolved and how nurses have become highly skilled individuals who take on many roles. Prof Lim is also a Senior Director of SingHealth-Alice Lee IAN, Director of Special Projects at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and National Heart Centre Singapore and President of Singapore Nurses Association. Prof Lim is an advocate of innovation and actively encourages nurses to improve processes and participate in research initiatives to push the boundaries of patients care. She is the first nurse in Singapore to be appointed adjunct associate professor by Australia’s Curtin University in 2008. Prof Lim also played a key role in establishing the SingHealth-Alice Lee IAN which is the first in Asia to be accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre. She was also instrumental in pushing for SGH to become the first hospital in Asia to attain the Magnet status in 2010, the highest institutional honour for nursing excellence and leadership.

    The Sunday Times - pg 45

    04 Jun 2013
    Duke-NUS, SGH and A*Star scientists work on drugs to halt leukaemia

    Duke-NUS is working with A*Star and SGH on a drug which deactivates a protein that shows up prominently in the terminal stage of chronic myeloid leukaemia, which is one of four common types of leukaemia. Researchers found that several drug substances could work against the protein, called MNK kinase, and aim to design new drugs for clinical trials in three years.

    The Straits Times - pg B4
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 4

    04 May 2013
    Reopening of Geylang Polyclinic

    Geylang Polyclinic has reopened with more facilities for the elderly. The revamped polyclinic includes a geriatric centre, which screens and manages people with conditions associated with ageing, is the first such facility among SingHealth’s polyclinics. It will also be the first polyclinic to house a dedicated Academic Family Training Centre, to train the next generation of family physicians.

    The Straits Times - pg B13

    30 Apr 2013
    KKH clinicians develop world’s first automated blood pressure management system to enhance patient safety during c-section

    Doctors at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) have developed the world’s first fully automated system to enhance the management of blood pressure in women undergoing caesarean section under spinal anaesthesia. The Double Intravenous Vasopressor Automated System (Diva) allows hands-off and more accurate blood pressure and heart rate monitoring. It also delivers the precise amount of medication needed to stabilise the patient more quickly.

    The Straits Times - pg A2
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 6

    27 Apr 2013
    New cancer clinic at Changi General Hospital

    The National Cancer Centre Singapore has set up a clinic at Changi General Hospital. This new clinic will save those living in the east the trouble of having to go all the way to Outram for their chemotherapy treatments and consultations but allow them to receive the same high level of specialist care. The clinic is expected to treat about 1,000 patients a year. Today, one in four of the 7,000 people NCCS sees a year live in the east. Health Minister who launched the clinic, pointed that this is a good example of collaboration between a national centre and a regional hospital to bring good quality health care closer to patients.

    The Straits Times - pg B16

    19 Apr 2013
    Duke-NUS scientist wins Hugo award for work on Asian cancers

    Dr Patrick Tan, from A*Star’s Genome Institute of Singapore won this year’s Chen New Investigator Award, specifically for scientists who have made significant contributions in their fields of human genetic and genomic research early in their career. Besides his appointment at GIS, Dr Tan holds other appointments, including a professorship in the Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program at Duke-NUS. Dr Tan's work involves developing methods to differentiate and group gastric cancer patients based on their molecular profiles, and identifying the genes responsible for cancer to develop in each of these groups. This has implications for developing therapeutic treatments tailored for individuals.

    The Business Times - pg 12

    01 Apr 2013
    SingHealth Transplant’s recipients, living donors and staff to participate in OCBC Cycle 2013

    More than 50 transplant recipients, living donors and healthcare professionals from SingHealth participated in the OCBC Cycle’s Parade of Hope on 26 April to celebrate the gift of life that transplants bring and to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation. Cyclists from SingHealth took part in the Business Times Charity Challenge (39km) to raise funds for SingHealth Transplant’s TRUEfund – a fund set up to provide subsidies for needy patients and finance educational and research programmes.

    Lianhe Zaobao, 1 April 2013 - pg 6
    My Paper, 1 April 2013 - pg B2
    The Straits Times (Mind Your Body), 4 April 2013 - pg 8 & 9
    The Straits Times (Mind Your Body), 4 April 2013 - pg 10
    The Business Times, 9 April 2013 - pg 8
    The Business Times, 25 April 2013 - pg 11
    The Straits Times, 27 April 2013 - pg B4

    31 Mar 2013
    Singapore researchers identify new deadly cancer
    Scientists in Singapore have now uncovered a new type of rare cancer, allowing doctors to now diagnose and potentially treat this deadly cancer of the immune cells better. The group's work has been published in the prestigious research journal Leukemia.

    The Sunday Times - pg 6

    17 Mar 2013
    SingHealth Transplant launches “A Million Flowers” campaign for youths

    SingHealth Transplant has launched a new outreach campaign called “A Million Flowers” to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation among youths. During roadshows, students will be encouraged to participate in the folding of origami flowers which represent the gift of life that organ and tissue transplantations bring to recipients. SingHealth aims to collect a million flowers and to display them at Singapore General Hospital in August.

    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 6
    Berita Harian - pg 3

    16 Mar 2013
    Singapore Health Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Award 2013

    Forty-three inspirational patients and caregivers were honoured at the Singapore Health Inspirational Patient and Caregiver Award 2013, in recognition of their exemplary qualities of courage, strength and resilience, as well as a zest for life that all of us can learn from. Mr Peter Seah, Chairman, SingHealth presented the awards to winners at the award ceremony on 15 March 2013 at the Singapore General Hospital Deck on 9.

    The Straits Times - pg B20
    Shin Min - pg 4
    Berita Minggu - pg 11

    22 Feb 2013
    SingHealth physiotherapists invent portable device for lower back pain

    Physiotherapists from SingHealth and Singapore General Hospital (SGH), together with orthopaedic surgeons and engineers from SGH as well as engineers from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Division) have developed a new mobile lumbar traction device that allows patients to relieve their lower back pain anytime and anywhere. The device can be worn like a backpack, so patients can walk about with it, instead of lying on a special hard bed in hospital in conventional therapy. SingHealth is currently in talks with a private company to commercialise and manufacture the device. In recognition of the team’s research efforts to innovate patient care, it was awarded the SingHealth Allied Health Innovative Practice Award 2013.

    The Straits Times
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 8
    The New Paper  - pg 9

    12 Feb 2013
    Scientists to study 130 genes to map Asian heart diseases

    A team of scientists from National Heart Centre Singapore, one of four national specialty centres under the SingHealth Group, and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School are setting up a bank of genetic material and tissues from thousands of local heart patients to better understand heart disease in Asian patients. The scientists, led by Professor Stuart Cook who was recently given the prestigious Singapore Translational Research Investigator Award, aim to sift through the 130 genes known to be involved in heart disease. So far, 4,000 samples have been collected from patients suffering from a rage of heart-related conditions. Apart from genetic data, the team will also use advanced cardiac imaging to study, screen and diagnose heart disease.

    The Straits Times - pg B4

    17 Jan 2013
    SERI scientists discover genes responsible for corneal blindness

    Scientists at Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore have succeeded in identifying genes for central corneal thickness that may cause potentially blinding eye conditions. The scientists jointly led a multi-centre study involving 55 hospitals and research centres around the world and performed a meta-analysis on more than 20,000 individuals in European and Asian populations. Their findings were published in the prestigious science journal, Nature Genetics.

    The Straits Times - pg B5
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg18

    17 Jan 2013
    Singapore Health Quality Service Award honours more than 2,500 healthcare professionals

    Initiated by SingHealth in 2011, the Singapore Health Quality Service Award (SHQSA) is Singapore's first dedicated platform to honour healthcare professionals who have demonstrated commitment to delivering quality care and excellent service. A total of 2,534 healthcare professionals from 19 organisations were recognised this year.

    The Straits Times - pg A10
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 21
    Berita Harian - pg 1
    Berita Harian - pg 2

    13 Jan 2013
    SingHealth Group Research Director outlines strategy to boost research outcomes

    In an interview with The Sunday Times, Professor Wong Tien Yin, SingHealth’s new Group Director, Research, and Executive Director, SERI, discussed new cluster-level and national initiatives that support clinician scientists and drive high-impact research in national and regional priority areas. As a first step, SingHealth has joined hands with Duke-NUS to create a research masterplan which encourages collaboration across institutions and specialties. With the support of the Academic Medical Research Institute, which helps clinician-scientists in areas such as seed funding, data analysis and contracts, the Group hopes to attract more doctors to pursue a research career. SingHealth and Duke-NUS have also secured more than $30 million in funding to support research in six core areas – cancer; neuroscience; cardiometabolic diseases; eye research; infection, immunology and infectious diseases; and health services research. The six areas have already shown promise and will enable the Group to compete internationally, particularly when forming wider partnerships with other research institutes, such as those under the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*Star).

    The Sunday Times - pg 43

    09 Jan 2013
    New hope for patients waiting for a heart transplant

    The National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS) has introduced a new, smaller and lighter mechanical heart pump for advanced heart failure patients that provides them with a better quality of life and functional capacity while waiting for a transplant. NHCS’ heart and lung transplant programme, one of SingHealth Transplant’s nine programmes, is Singapore’s only heart and lung transplant programme and has carried out more than 50 heart transplants since it was started in 1990. To date, four patients waiting for a transplant have been fitted with this third generation mechanical heart device, known as HeartWare ventricular assist device (HVAD).

    The Straits Times - pg B4
    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 4

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