Specialities/DepartmentsStaffed by a wide variety of healthcare professionals

We set ourself apart from other healthcare providers by having specialized departments in various areas of healthcare.

 

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Accident & Emergency Department

Our Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department provides 24-hour service for trauma and non-trauma surgical and medical emergencies. We have a multi-disciplinary trauma team to provide one-stop quality care, comprising trauma surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, physiotherapists, medical social workers, pharmacists and nurses.

St. Thomas Hospital’s A&E is supported by 24-hour x-ray and laboratory services and advanced technologies. We also have the Mobile Clinical Assistant in an A&E environment. This wireless and highly portable technology enables doctors and nurses to better care for their patients and more effectively manage the hectic workflow in the fast-paced A&E.

Our A&E Department handles the following types of emergencies:

  • Acute surgical conditions (e.g. acute abdomen, bleeding gastrointestinal tract)
  • Medical emergencies (heart attack, stroke, severe asthma, pneumonia, shock, sepsis, etc.)
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Trauma (minor/major), head injury and fracture
  • Paediatric emergencies
  • Toxicology / poisoning
  • Acute ENT & eye emergencies
  • Industrial accidents

Anesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care

Our Department of Anesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care is responsible for providing anesthesia for all types of surgery in the operating theatres. In addition, the anesthetists manage the critically ill patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).

The hospital is equipped with anesthetic machines and sophisticated monitoring systems to ensure the safety of patients under anesthesia. All our operating theatres and recovery rooms are well equipped with air and fluid warming systems to reduce patients’ discomfort and the risk of hypothermia. We have also introduced heat and moisture exchanger systems with bacterial and viral filtration systems.

Our anesthesiologists are well trained in various subspecialties of anesthetic care. The hospital provides preoperative anesthesia care for patients undergoing:

  • Dental surgery
  • Dental surgery
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • General surgery
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Radiological procedures
  • Urological surgery
  • Vascular surgery

Cardiology

World-class heart doctors at St. Thomas’s cardiology division provide our patients cardiac care programs and various other treatments and tests to prevent and treat heart disease.

We will take excellent care of your heart through general cardiology and coronary care, hypertension management, anticoagulation assessment and treatment for other types of heart disease.

We also provide a wide range of cardiac diagnostic services or tests to make a diagnosis about the condition of your heart. They are as follows:

Non-invasive cardiac diagnostic services:

  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)
  • Ambulatory electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Exercise stress test
  • Head-up tilt test or Tilt Table Test
  • Stress echocardiography (Echo Stress Test)
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)
  • Signal average ECG

Invasive cardiac diagnostic services:

  • Pacemaker therapy
  • Right and left heart cardiac catheterization
  • Emergency Angioplasty
  • Coronary angiography
  • Acute PTCA (or balloon angioplasty)

Dental

Our Dental Service is provided by in house specialists. Our aim is to deliver oral health care of the highest standard to our patients. We offer general dentistry and specialist services in oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and restorative dentistry (endodontics and prosthodontics).

General Dentistry

Our dental officer will attend to your routine dental care and refer you to the appropriate dental specialist if you require specialized care.

Services:

  • Check up, scaling and polishing
  • Fillings, extractions and dentures
  • Root canal therapy
  • Protective mouth guard
  • Dental treatment for patients with complex medical problems
  • Traumatic injuries to the teeth and oral cavity

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained to treat and manage diseases and disorders affecting the teeth, jaws and related structures.

Services:

  • Dentoalveolar surgery e.g. removal of buried or impacted teeth
  • Orthognathic surgery i.e. correction of dentofacial deformities
  • Implant surgery
  • Maxillofacial trauma
  • Treatment of benign cysts and tumours of the jaw
  • Treatment of temporomandibular joint diseases or disorders
  • Treatment of orofacial pain
  • Treatment of oral mucosal diseases

Orthodontics

Our orthodontists correct malaligned teeth and help to improve your dental occlusion, i.e. the way your teeth interdigitate and facial aesthetics. We handle the full range of malocclusions and dentofacial deformities.

Services:

  • Conventional removable or fixed appliance treatment
  • Combined management of dentofacial deformities

Restorative Dentistry

Endodontics and prosthodontics are sub-disciplines of restorative dentistry.

Endodontics

Our endodontist helps you to treat your teeth, which would otherwise be extracted. He is concerned with the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries to the pulp and associated periradicular conditions.

  • Vital pulp therapy
  • Conventional and surgical root canal therapy

Prosthodontics

Our prosthodontist can restore your natural teeth and replace missing teeth with artificial substitutes. These substitutes may take the form of crowns, bridges, implants and dentures.

We provide special care and rehabilitative prosthetic treatment to patients who have undergone surgical ablation for head and neck cancer or suffer from congenital malformation. We are also involved in the conservative treatment of orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders.

  • Crown and bridgework
  • Veneers and laminates
  • Implants
  • Dentures
  • Intra-oral prostheses e.g. obturator, speech bulb.
  • Extra-oral prostheses e.g. eye, nose, ear

Dermatology

Our Dermatology Department offers specialized consultation for a wide range of skin problems and a comprehensive range of treatments.

We offer the following dermatological services:

Tests

  • Biopsy
  • Dermatopathology
  • Drug challenge
  • Gram stain
  • Molluscum body test
  • Fungal scrape
  • Scabies scrape
  • Patch test
  • Urethral smear

Skin Treatment

  • Biopsy
  • Botox injection
  • Fillers
  • Chemical peels
  • Comedone extraction
  • Cryosurgery
  • Electrosurgery
  • Excision
  • Incision and drainage
  • Intralesional steroid injections
  • Iontophoresis
  • Nail avulsion
  • Squaric acid treatment
  • Surgical paring
  • Skin Tightening and Lifting

Phototherapy

  • Narrowband UVB
  • Topical PUVA
  • Hand / Foot PUVA

Photodynamic Therapy

ENT

Our ENT Department are specialists in a wide range of ear, nose and throat (ENT) and head and neck problems. Our doctors are specialists in head and neck surgery, sinus and allergy disorders, sleep-disordered breathing, laryngology and voice disorders, hearing loss and ear disorders, evaluation of dizziness and imbalance, as well as tinnitus (‘ringing in the ear’). We work as a team, together with audiologists, vestibular (inner ear balance) therapists and speech therapists, to comprehensively manage every aspect of ENT care.

General ENT

  • Management of chronic cough
  • Tonsillectomy (removing the tonsils) and adenoidectomy (removing the adenoids)
  • Endoscopy and removal of foreign body in oral cavity (mouth), pharynx (throat), oesophagus (gullet or food pipe), nose and ears
  • Management of infections of the head, neck and upper respiratory tract

Rhinology / Allergy Service

  • Allergic rhinitis management, including sublingual immunotherapy
  • Allergy testing (skin prick test) and counselling
  • Management of acute and chronic sinusitis
  • Management of nasal polyps
  • Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and skull base surgery
  • Epistaxis (nosebleed)
  • Rhinoplasty (also called ‘plastic surgery of the nose’ or ‘nose job’)
  • Balloon sinuplasty (an endoscopic surgical procedure for the treatment of blocked nasal sinuses)

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Rhinoplasty and adjunctive facial surgery
  • Treatment of Craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • Reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck
  • Excision and reconstruction of facial cutaneous malignancies

Voice / swallowing disorders

  • Video stroboscopic assessment of voice
  • Fibreoptic endoscopic examination evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Speech rehabilitation / speech therapy
  • Phonosurgery (surgical procedures that maintain, restore, or enhance the human voice)
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Ageing voice disorders
  • Laryngeal (voice box) botox / collagen injection
  • Thyroplasty & laser laryngeal surgery: treatments for laryngeal / throat cancer

Gastroenterology

The Department of Gastroenterology provides consultations as well as performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases.

Our specialist doctors manage in-patients in a dedicated Gastroenterology Ward and provide both intra- and inter- departmental consultative services. Elective diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures are carried out at our Endoscopy Centre.

A dedicated team with gastroenterologists are available for treating patients with upper or lower gastrointestinal bleeding. We have a team of specialists with special interest in hepatopancreaticobiliary (liver, pancreas, bile ducts and gallbladder) disorders.

The Endoscopy Centre is fully equipped to offer a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy service. These include the following:

Diagnostic endoscopic procedures

  • Gastroscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Push enteroscopy and balloon-assisted small bowel endoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Capsule endoscopy

General Medicine

Our General Medicine Department offers specialised care for patients with a wide spectrum of medical conditions. our doctors are trained in Endocrinology (diabetes), Gastroenterology(gastrointestinal and liver disorders), Infectious Diseases, Nephrology (diseases of the kidney), Neurology (disorders of the nervous system), Respiratory Medicine (e.g. asthma, COPD, tuberculosis, lung cancer) and Rheumatology (arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones).

Infectious Diseases

  • Antibiotic Utilisation
  • Clinical Trials
  • HIV Clinic
  • Infection Control
  • Infectious Exposure Management
  • Nosocomial Infections (or hospital-acquired infections)
  • Research Laboratory

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Neurology

  • Epilepsy (recurring seizures)
  • Neuromuscular Disorders (diseases that impair the functioning of the muscles, i.e. Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis)
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders (conditions/disorders that affect the blood vessels in the brain and blood flow in the arteries and veins which supply the brain)
  • Meningitis and Encephalitis
  • Headaches
  • Acute Stroke Unit

Rheumatology

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (a chronic, inflammatory arthritis and autoimmune disease that mainly affects joints in the spine and the pelvis)
  • Gout

General Surgery

Our Department of General Surgery consists of dedicated and specialised doctors offering a wide range of surgical services.

These surgical services include the following:

  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology Clinic
  • General Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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Ophthalmology

Our Ophthalmology division provides both basic and specialised eye care services. Our consultants in various subspecialties in ophthalmology provide specialised treatments to patients (except children under 6 years old) with a wide variety of eye problems.

We have specialised equipment for argon laser treatment of diabetic eye diseases, and computerised visual field analysers for the assessment of glaucoma. Qualified optometrists help in the prescription of glasses for both adults and children.

Services provided by our ophthalmologists include:

  • General screening for common eye problems e.g. deterioration or loss of vision, eye pain, red eye, watery eyes or excessive tearing, eye discharge
  • Assessment of fitness to drive
  • Cataract removal / cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant
  • Glaucoma: diagnosis, treatment and management
  • Diagnosis and treatment of patients with ophthalmic / eye / vision problems arising from neurological diseases or neurosurgical conditions
  • Treatment of patients with vitreo-retinal disease eg. retinal detachments or tears, diabetic retinopathy, eye cancer, flashes and floaters, etc.
  • 24-hour emergency eye specialist service in the Accident & Emergency Department for treatment of acute eye trauma and other emergencies.

Orthopedic

Our Orthopaedic Surgery treats various orthopaedic conditions and disorders at Shoulder, Hand and Wrist, Knee, Ankle, Foot, Spine, Hip and Trauma Clinics.

Our Orthopaedic specialist doctors and surgeons provide professional consultation and treatment for the following orthopaedic conditions and disorders:

  • General Orthopaedic and Trauma Clinics
  • Shoulder, Hand and Wrist, Knee, Ankle and Foot Clinics
  • Paediatric Orthopaedics
  • Shoulder, Knee and Hip
  • Spinal Injury

Adult Reconstructive Surgery

Primary hip and knee replacements, including:

  • MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery)
  • computer-assisted surgery
  • oxinium, ceramic and metal-on-metal bearings

Sports Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Arthroscopic treatment of knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and hip joints, for example: anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions, arthroscopic reconstructions for shoulder dislocations, etc. (Anthroscopy is a type of minimally invasive surgery that is performed using a type of endoscope called an arthroscope.)
  • Complex soft tissue ligament reconstructions for ligament injuries, including meniscus transplant, meniscal repairs, multiligament reconstructions (including use of allograft tissues).
  • Knee osteotomy
  • Unicompartmental knee replacements
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Respiratory Medicine

Our Department of Respiratory Medicine provides comprehensive care for patients with a wide variety of pulmonary diseases and the critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit.

Our pulmonary and critical care physicians offer consultation, diagnostic and therapeutic services to treat a variety of respiratory and critical care medicine-related conditions, namely lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, sleep-related breathing disorders, acute and chronic respiratory failure, pulmonary infections (e.g. pneumonia), sepsis and septic shock and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Our department is supported by services in virtually all aspects of ambulatory pulmonary patient care, including a full pulmonary function testing service, complete radiology services, echocardiography, laboratory and sleep medicine services. By integrating clinical expertise, research and education and modern technology, we strive to provide the best medical care and services for patients with pulmonary and critical care needs.

The Pulmonary and Critical Care clinical services encompass a variety of disease states, including ambulatory pulmonary and sleep medicine, inpatient pulmonary and critical care medicine. The Sleep Medicine Service produces diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for sleep-disordered breathing, such as obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity hypoventilation syndrome. We also treat non-respiratory sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia and restless legs syndrome.

Diseases, Diagnosis & Managements

  • Acute and chronic respiratory failure needing non-invasive ventilation
  • Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD)
  • Interventional Pulmonary Services
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis (non-cystic fibrosis)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme (PRP)
  • Acute Noninvasive Ventilation (NIV)
  • Pulmonary hypertension and other pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Respiratory Muscle Disorders
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Pleural Diseases
  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Chronic Cough
  • Haemoptysis
  • Smoking Cessation Clinic
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine

Psychological Medicine

Our Psychological Medicine provides psychological and psychiatric care for both inpatients and outpatients. Treatment is voluntary and individually tailored and is provided for by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, medical social workers and occupational therapists.

Disorders Treated

The types of psychiatric problems and mental disorders we treat include the following:

  • Acute stress reaction
  • Addiction disorders
  • Anxiety disorders:
    1. Generalised anxiety disorder
    2. Panic disorder
    3. Phobias / Social anxiety disorder
    4. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    5. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder or manic depression
  • Somatoform disorders / psychosomatic disorders
  • Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • Stress and related disorders
  • Delirium
  • Dementia and other cognitive disorders
  • Psychological reactions to medical illnesses

Endocrinology

Our Department of Endocrinology provides a wide range of services for the management of diabetes mellitus as well as hormonal disorders.

Our Diabetes Centre is staffed by endocrinologists, diabetes nurse educators, podiatrists and dietitians. All the services related to diabetes (e.g. podiatry, dietetics and retinography) are housed here, offering greater convenience for diabetic patients.

Apart from specialist clinics that care for those with complicated cases and difficult-to-control diabetes, we also have a unique one-stop Full Diabetes Assessment package, consisting of blood tests (glycated haemoglobin, creatinine, cholesterol and glucose levels, urinary micro albumin, retinal photography, podiatry assessment (for foot problems), dietary review, diabetes counseling, followed by a final review by an endocrinologist.

All diabetic patients, including those under the care of family physicians and the polyclinics, are strongly advised to undergo a Full Assessment annually to monitor their overall condition.

Besides diabetes, the Department of Endocrinology also offers clinical services for the diagnosis, treatment and management of various hormonal problems, including:

  • Pituitary disorders
    1. Cushing’s disease
    2. Growth hormone excess or deficiency
    3. Hyperprolactinaemia
    4. Hypopituitarism
    5. Diabetes insipidus
  • Thyroid disorders
    1. Hyperthyroidism
    2. Hypothyroidism
    3. Benign thyroid nodules
    4. Thyroid cancer
  • Adrenal disorders
    1. Cortisol excess or deficiency
    2. Mineralocorticoid excess or deficiency
    3. Adrenal tumour
  • Reproductive disorders
    1. Hypogonadism
    2. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Metabolic disorders
    1. Cholesterol problems
    2. Electrolyte problems
In addition, the following sub-specialty services have been set up to cater to specialized needs:

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

This is a common problem in women of reproductive age, who may experience irregular menstrual cycles, obesity, and sub fertility. Such women are also at risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Thyroid Clinic

Patients with thyroid disorders may be directly referred to this clinic.

Obesity

We also provide individualized effective weight loss programs.

Urology

Our Urology Department has a comprehensive range of services for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic adult and adolescence urological conditions. We have the expertise and surgical skills in general urology and all the subspecialties of urology. All our specialist staff have undergone training and accreditation from well-known overseas medical institutions.

Continence problems like difficulty in controlling urination, weak urinary stream, or incomplete bladder emptying often have physical, treatable causes. Sometimes, these symptoms coupled with others like presence of blood in urine, pain in the lower back or tummy area, or pain when urinating, may be warning signs of other more serious problems like stones or even cancer. Our Urology team is not only specialises in treatment of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate and the genitals but also has expertise in handling male infertility and impotence.

Our inpatient wards provide standard and Intensive Care Unit urology care. A specialised urology high dependency ward caters to our patients undergoing major surgery. Clinics sessions are readily available the entire day for the convenience of referrals. We also run the following sub-specialty clinics: Andropause & Men’s Health Clinic, Continence Clinic and Urology Nursing Clinic.

Urology Services

  • Laparoscopic Urology
  • Stone Treatment and Endourology
  • Prostate Disease
  • Uro-oncology
  • Andrology
  • Female Urology and Voiding Dysfunction
  • Reconstructive Urology
  • Adolescence Urology