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    12 Aug 2016
    Booster shot for community nursing

    With the growing demand for nursing services in the community, the Return-to-Nursing scheme which was first launched by MOH in 2000, has been enhanced to attract more non-practising nurses to return to work in healthcare. Some of the enhancements implemented in April after the Budget include higher monthly training allowance and a new bonus for those joining the community care sector. Returning nurses receive a month of classroom training with SingHealth Alice Lee Institute of Advanced Nursing (IAN) or NUHS, followed by 2 months of on-the-job training with their employer.

    The Straits Times, pg B3

    Lianhe Zaobao, pg 12


    02 Aug 2016
    SingHealth launches inaugural Target Zero Harm Award in conjunction with Nurses’ Day celebrations

    SingHealth launched the Target Zero Harm Award in conjunction with the SingHealth Nurses’ Day celebrations held on 1 Aug, where Health Minister Gan Kim Yong was the Guest of Honour. The inaugural award was launched to recognise healthcare workers who have shown exemplary efforts to raise patient safety standards and prevent unsafe practices. The awards were presented to 10 individual winners and two winning teams from SingHealth institutions.

    SingHealth also presented awards and scholarships to top nurses from its healthcare institutions to mark the Nurses’ Day celebrations. Forty-four nurses received awards to recognise their outstanding work performance and contributions, and sixteen nurses were presented scholarships which will enable them to pursue higher education and receive specialised training.

    Lianhe Zaobao, pg 8


    22 Jun 2016
    Singapore’s first dental clinic for geriatric and special needs patients opens at NDCS

    The Geriatric Special Care Dentistry Clinic (GSDC) at NDCS was officially opened by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health yesterday. The 10-chair specialist outpatient clinic with a floor area of 400sqm and a minor operating theatre, is the first one-stop specialty clinic in Singapore to deliver integrated oral care for patients with complex medical needs, geriatric conditions, as well as intellectual and physical disabilities. The multidisciplinary team of dental specialists and allied health professionals under one roof ensures that patients need not make multiple visits to see different specialists.  

    The Straits Times, pg A6
    Lianhe Zaobao, pg 6

    16 Apr 2016
    Caregivers, patients honoured at ceremony by SingHealth

    In 2016, a record number of 23 Inspirational Patients, 3 Inspirational Clinical Trial Patient Volunteers, 14 Inspirational Caregivers and 5 Inspirational Patient Support Groups (new category) were honoured at the 7th Singapore Health Inspirational Patient & Caregiver Awards.


    The Straits Times, pg B6
    The Sunday Times, 21 Aug, pg B6
    Lianhe Zaobao, pg 8
    Berita Harian, pg 12

    06 Feb 2016
    SGH Campus to be redeveloped over 20 years to boost capacity, accessibility

    Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled extensive redevelopment and expansion plans for SGH Campus which will be implemented in two key phases spanning the next two decades. Phase 1 will see four new buildings taking shape: the Outram Community Hospital, NCCS building, SGH A&E Block, and the SGH Elective Care Centre which forms part of the new bigger SGH Complex. In the second phase, several current buildings will make way for the new SGH complex which will be shifted closer to main transport nodes. The SGH Campus will also house a new research park and an education zone anchored by Duke-NUS. When completed, patient care facilities will take up 60 per cent of the 43-hectare Campus.

    The Straits Times, pg A1, pg A6, pg A7
    Lianhe Zaobao, pg 1, pg 4

    27 Jan 2016
    Record 3,343 service awards given to healthcare workers
    On 26 January 2016, 3,343 winners from 23 public healthcare institutions, community hospitals, agencies from the Intermediate and Long-Term Care (ILTC) sector and private healthcare institutions nationwide were presented with Silver, Gold and Star awards. Superstar awards were given to top winners from the Clinician, Nursing, Allied Health, Administration, Ancillary and Intermediate and Long-Term Care categories. Team efforts to enhance patient experience and safety were also recognised with Best Team awards.

    Lianhe Zaobao - pg 5

    08 Jan 2016
    Singapore researchers identify gene that triggers tumour cells to spread

    Researchers from NNI have identified a gene, known as ST3Gal1, which triggers tumour cells to aggressively spread throughout the brain. In addition, they also developed a molecular signature, which can be used as a biomarker to measure the increase in ST3Gal1 activity in patients, and provide valuable insight into understanding the tumour behaviour. The quest took seven years and a collaboration among six institutions – NNI, NCCS, Duke-NUS, NUS, A*STAR and NTU. The study was published in the prestigious Journal of the National Cancer Institute in the United States.

    The Straits Times, pg B11

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