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2013

  • Health Minister Gan Kim Yong officially opened the NCSS Oncology Clinic @ CGH on 26 April 2013, the first satellite clinic by NCSS. The clinic provides oncologic consultations and outpatient chemotherapy for CGH patients with breast and gastrointestinal cancers.
  • The Changi Sports Medicine Centre (CSMC) celebrated its 10th anniversary on 13 September 2013 and launched a book “Boys to Men” which helps pre-enlistees prepare for National Service.
  • The Eastern Health Alliance held its inaugural Caring Awards on 22 May 2013 for staff, patients and caregivers from the five partner institutions.
  • HomeCare Assist, the charity programme set up by CGH in 2002 was expanded in September 2013 to include helping beneficiaries with extended interim support, more advanced medical equipment and additional healthcare services such as home nursing.  The programme was also rebranded to become a charity under Eastern Health Alliance's Changi Health Fund.
  • On 23 Nov 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Eastern Health Alliance, Changi General Hospital and the Singapore University of Technology and Design in which $1 million was contributed to the HealthTech Innovation Fund.

2012

  • In January 2012, CGH rolled out age-friendly workshops for all staff, to inculcate an age-friendly mindset and equip them with communication skills to respond to the needs of elderly.
  • In January 2012, a sports safety and injury prevention manual was published and distributed to school teachers. The manual was authored by sports medicine consultant Dr Roger Tian.
  • In March 2012, CGH partnered Tampines Changkat Grassroots Organisations to roll out the Eastern Community Health Outreach (ECHO) programme for Tampines residents.
  • President Tony Tan officially opened the Centre for Innovation (CFI) and the Changi Simulation Institute (CSI) at the Eastern Health Alliance Scientific Meeting on 23 Nov 2012
  • CGH began leasing and operating Ward 3B in Parkway East Hospital from 8 May 2012 
  • President Tony Tan officially opened the Centre for Innovation (CFI) and the Changi Simulation Institute (CSI) at the Eastern Health Alliance Scientific Meeting on 23 Nov 2012

2011

  • In January 2011, CGH opened an orthopaedic clinic with age- and disabled-friendly features.
  • On 11 January 2011, CGH joined hands with its eastern healthcare partners to launch the first two programmes under the first integrated healthcare approach in Singapore – the Disease Management Unit (DMU) and Community Health Centre (CHC)
  • On 16 January 2011, CGH launched the third integrated care programme – the Eastern Community Health Outreach (ECHO) – with Changi Simei Grassroots Organisations.
  • Changi Sports Medicine Centre (CSMC) is the first and only fully accredited centre in Singapore providing Sports Medicine training in the new sub-speciality of Sports Medicine.
  • The hospital became legally independent of SingHealth with effect from 1 April 2011.
  • On 19 April 2011, the hospital opened its Conjoint Diabetes-Vascular Clinic to streamline care for patients with poorly controlled diabetes.
  • On 15 July 2011, the CSMC spearheaded Exercise is Medicine Singapore (EIMS) programme to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of preventing and treating diseases.
  • In September 2011, CGH became one of the first few hospitals in Singapore to offer a procedure – renal denervation – to patients with poorly controlled high blood pressure.
  • In October 2011, a Closed Loop Medication Management system by the hospital was started to reduce errors in discharge medication.
  • On 18 November 2011, CGH became a founding member of the Eastern Health Alliance, a regional health system to provide seamless, quality care for eastern Singapore. On the same day, CGH and its EH Alliance partners held the first Eastern Health Alliance Scientific Meeting. It also launched another two programmes, Transitional Care and Grace Corner, with its eastern healthcare partners.
  • On 29 November 2011, CGH and the Singapore Armed Forces Medical Corps signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance clinical services and research in military sports medicine.

2010

  • CGH received the Joint Commission International Disease-Specific Care re-certification for both its Heart Failure Programme and Acute Myocardial Infarction Programme on 15 January 2010.
  • CGH’s new Renal Dialysis Unit opened its doors to patients on 9 February 2010.
  • CGH started the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) programme on March 2010, to help patients manage their medication regime, making it safer and more effective.
  • CGH played a major role at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG) as one of the main providers of sports medicine services.
  • CGH is the first hospital to install the 3D Information Kiosk. The 3D Way-finding Kiosks are placed at the hospital’s lobbies.
  • To help our patients and their caregivers understand why and how they can keep themselves safe at home and be the hospital’s safety partners, Changi General Hospital (CGH) reached out to them through our Patient Safety Campaign from 23 September 2010 – 5 October 2010. This is the first such campaign by CGH.
  • CGH acquired Singapore Sports Medicine Centre (SSMC) on 1 November 2010. We have taken over the centre as we envision the growth of sports medicine in Singapore and we want to continue to play a leading role to develop this discipline.

2009

  • CGH went filmless in February 2009.
  • CGH conducted a Mass Casualty Exercise on 04 April 2009. The exercise, code-named “Exercise Kingfisher” focused on the key areas involved in the management of a mass casualty situation at CGH.
  • CGH’s new rooftop garden on level 4 officially opened its doors to staff on 22 April 2009.
  • CGH and Marshall Cavendish jointly published The Diabetes Companion, a complete self-management guide for diabetics and their family and friends.
  • CGH’s doctors – Dr Kelvin Chew and Dr Lim Kay Kiat – led an all-Singaporean medical team in 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL Singapore Grand Prix.

2008

  • CGH introduced a revolutionary e-financial counselling system in January 2008 to aid our Patient Service Assistants and Specialist Clinics nurses in providing enhanced financial counselling services to our patients.
  • CGH Laboratory received The College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation in March 2008. This testifies that our lab practices are equal in standard to all those CAP accredited facilities in the United States and worldwide.
  • CGH set up a new Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic for patients with spine, back and joints problems on 3 March 2008.
  • CGH’s new Inpatient Pharmacy from where discharged patients can collect their medication immediately, thus reduce the waiting time for discharge, opened its doors on 31 March 2008.
  • CGH played host to the JCI Singapore Practicum from 2 to 3 April 2008.
  • CGH underwent our triennial JCI re-accreditation audit from 21 to 25 April 2008. The hospital was officially JCI re-accredited on 25 April 2008.
  • CGH introduced an Integrated Sleep Service on 1 May 2008 to provide a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment service to patients with different types of sleep disorders under one roof.
  • CGH took part in the National Civil Defence mass casualty exercise, Exercise Northstar on 23 May 2008.
  • CGH held “I Care” fundraising drive in July 2008 to raise funds for the patients of HomeCare Assist. The hospital held a charity bazaar at its lobby on 3 to 4 July 2008, culminating in a doctor’s “Iron Chef” Demonstration on 4 July 2008.
  • CGH launched myhealth.sg, Singapore’s first online weight management programme, on 5 September 2008. This interactive site is designed to empower the individual to manage their health and fitness needs online anytime, anywhere.
  • CGH launched A Cookbook for Diabetics written by Chief Dietitian Magdalin Cheong and Executive Chef Daniel Yeo on 13 November 2008. The book is written exclusively for diabetics with 60 delicious recipes that are nourishing and pleasing to the Singaporean palate.
  • CGH launched MHFA (Older Person), which is adapted from the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Singapore, on 22 November 2008. The programme is developed to help the older person in mental health crisis.
  • CGH piloted the use of Computerized Physician’s Order Entry (CPOE) system for laboratory and radiology orders on 15 December 2008.

2007

  • CGH celebrated its first Social Workers’ Day on 19 January 2007 in conjunction with Singapore’s first Social Workers’ Day.
  • CGH expanded its Rheumatology service in February 2007.
  • CGH started a new vestibular physiotherapy service for patients with vestibular and balance disorders (giddiness and vertigo) on 17 April 2007.
  • CGH received the Joint Commission International Disease-Specific Care certification for both its Heart Failure Programme and Acute Myocardial Infarction Programme on 19 April 2007.
  • CGH and the Ministry of Health (MOH) jointly conducted a full-scale Mass Casualty Exercise on 21 July 2007. The exercise, code-named “Exercise Kingfisher” focused on the key areas involved in the management of a mass casualty situation at CGH.
  • CGH’s International Medical Services (IMS) Centre officially opened its door on 3 August 2007. The IMS Division, which was set up in June 2005 to provide one-stop service for international patients seeking treatment at the hospital, is the latest initiative by the hospital in its aim to attract more international patients.
  • CGH held the first Combined Scientific Meeting on “Advances of Medicine in Asia” with Korea University Anam Hospital on 15 September 2007 at CGH Training Centre.
  • CGH Division of Psychological Medicine rolled out two new services under the National Mental Health Blueprint – Psychotraumatology Service on May 2007, and the Community Psychogeriatric Programme on 3 November 2007.
  • CGH opened a new Ward 59 at St Andrew’s Community Hospital, Level 9 on 5 November 2007.
  • CGH Division of Psychological Medicine launched the Mental Health First Aid (Singapore) in partnership with MHFA Australia on 13 December 2007 with the aim to raise mental health awareness and literacy of Singaporeans.

2006

  • CGH commemorated its 10th anniversary with a 10-month long celebration.
  • CGH put up photo tribute to healthcare, “At the Cutting Edge – An Intimate Snapshot of a Hospital” in celebration of the hospital’s 10th anniversary. The exhibition was also displayed at KKH, SGH, SNEC and the Esplanade.
  • CGH started a Memory Clinic, which offers specialised outpatient service for people with memory loss and dementia on 06 April 2006.
  • CGH played host to the 1st JCI Summer Practicum held in Singapore from 26 to 30 June 2006. This testifies that the hospital has achieved the high standards to qualify as a training site for the practicum.
  • A new Andropause Clinic & Men’s Health Clinic was set up on 05 August 2006 to promote healthy ageing and the awareness of andropause in men.
  • CSMC launched the Singapore Sports Medicine Centre (SSMC) at Paragon, Orchard on 01 September 2006. The new town clinic caters to patients who prefer to seek sports medicine consultation at a more central and convenient location.
  • CGH Radiology Department went filmless with PACS on 1st September 2006.
  • CGH inked an MOU with Microsoft to create, develop and host a healthcare portal, CareSpaces, on 14 December 2006.
  • CGH held its 10th anniversary Dinner & Dance on 17 December 2006, the last event of its 10-month long celebration.
  • CGH launched Sensational Confessions, a book featuring CGH staff’s personal stories, D&C department’s original recipes, and Makansutra’s recommended eateries.

2005

  • CGH opened new Head and Neck Clinic on 22 March 2005.
  • CGH opened new skybridge connecting to St Andrew’s Community Hospital on 15 April 2005.
  • CGH received Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation on 15 July 2005 bringing our patient safety and clinical quality on par with international standards.
  • CGH’s HomeCare Assist won Asian Hospital Management Award 2005 for most outstanding Community Service Project.
  • CGH launched Iworkhealth and Iworkhealth Plus, online corporate assessment tools to measure general health and stress levels among employees.
  • CGH launched CHAMPS (Community Health Ambassador Programme for Seniors) with MCYS on 3 Sept 2005 to empower active elderly volunteers with basic healthcare skills.
  • A new Falls Assessment Clinic was opened on 17 Oct 2005 to reduce risk of falls and injuries among the elderly.
  • CGH opened the new medical wing of Changi Sports Medicine (CSMC) and expanded Specialist Eye Clinics on 11 Nov 2005.

2004

  • CGH opened a new Geriatric Centre on 19 July 2004 that houses both the Specialist Clinics and the Geriatric Day Hospital (GDH) offering a one-stop convenience for elderly patients.
  • CGH opened a new purpose-built Sleep Lab at Level 9 on 26 July 2004.
  • CGH’s Health Education Centre was moved to a higher patient traffic area at Level 3, Clinics Block on 14 Oct 2004.
  • CGH’s new Eye Specialist Clinics S and T were officially opened for business on 6 Dec 2004 at Wards Lobby, Level 1.
  • CGH’s dietetics and catering department received the HACCP certification in January 2004.
  • CGH received its OHSAS 18001 certification in September 2004

2003

  • CGH opened its new Endoscopy Centre officially on 28 August 2003.
  • The new Changi Sports Medicine Centre, a multidisciplinary sports centre in Singapore, was officially opened on 12 September 2003.
  • CGH's Clinical Trials & Research Unit (CTRU) was opened on 10 October 2003 supporting trials from the Phase I to Phase IV.

2002

  • Due to an overwhelming response, 2 January 2002 saw the expansion of CGH's Dermatology service to a full-fledged service with daily clinics and the introduction of evening clinics three times a week.
  • The opening of a new and larger one-stop Diabetes Centre on 14 January 2002, offers four new consultation rooms, more patient privacy and greater convenience with all Diabetes-related services housed under one roof.
  • The CGH Fitness Centre which opened on 23 March 2002, offers the Cardiac Rehabilitation programme and a new Wellness Programme to help patients with medical risk factors such as heart problems, diabetes and obesity participate in supervised exercise regimens to improve their health.
  • On 10 July 2002, HomeCare Assist was launched by CGH on to help needy ill or bedridden patients when they are discharged from the hospital.

2001

  • CGH introduced O&G Outpatient Service on 21 May 2001, with specialists from SGH and KKH helping to run clinic sessions at Specialist Clinic L.
  • On 17 July 2001, the online pharmacy, www.mypharmacy.com.sg was launched to provide a convenient 24 hour, 7 days a week access to purchase homecare and retail medical supplies.
  • HOPE or Holistic and Professional Eldercare Initiative was launched on 22 August 2001 to enhance the skills of community step-down care facilities as well as training the volunteers who care for the elderly.
  • The one-for-all health-screening package at CGH was revamped on 1 September 2001, through the introduction of 4 health screening packages to meet the specified needs of men and women of different age groups.

2000

  • As part of public healthcare restructuring, CGH became part of the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) cluster.
  • The hospital was a second-time winner of the Family Friendly Award and Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H Gold Award. For excellence in quality, the hospital also received the Public Service Award for Organisational Excellence.
  • CGH launched new clinical services: Sports Medicine, Dermatology, Psychological Medicine, Rheumatology and Neurosurgery.

1999

  • The Hospital was conferred the Singapore Environmental Achievement Award by the Singapore Environment Council on 3 June 1999 for its environmental achievements.
  • The hospital was awarded Singapore H.E.A.L.T.H Gold award, a national award recognising CGH's commendable workplace health promotion programme. Besides the H.E.A.L.T.H award, CGH also received Sports Ace Certificate of Commendation for its support for sports at the workplace
  • CGH launched Skills for Life: Diabetes and Skills for Life: HomeCare programmes to help patients and their caregivers cope with their illness by learning skills to enhance daily living.

1998

  • Official opening of the Changi General Hospital on 28 March 1998 by the Deputy Prime Minister, Brigadier General (NS) Lee Hsien Loong.
  • We launched our new mission statement, promising to improve the health of the community in the east and to work closely with other care providers so as to provide better, faster and cheaper healthcare to the people.
  • The hospital was awarded the Family Friendly Firm Award, the People Developer Standard, and the Volunteers 1998 Tribute Award. The hospital was also acknowledged for its environmental efforts and was certified ISO 14001.

1997

  • Toa Payoh Hospital was closed on 15 February 1997, when its staff and patients moved to the new premises at New Changi Hospital.
  • The hospital was admitted into the Singapore Quality Class.
  • The hospital was awarded the National Training Award.

1996

  • The Hospital achieved the ISO 9002 certification.
  • The Eye Department was started.
  • On 18 December 1996, the new Hospital opened its doors as New Changi Hospital. It received its first patient at the Specialist Clinics.

1995

  • We were the first hospital to implement Patient Centered Nursing (PCN).
  • We reported the lowest average length of stay (4.8 days).
  • The Hospital received the National Productivity Award.
  • The Hospital was awarded the Outstanding QC Organisation of the Year Award.

1994

  • The ENT Department was started by Dr Amar Kaur.

1993

  • We launched our quality statement, aiming to provide a level of care good enough for our own mothers without the need for special arrangements.

1992

  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Hospital's new site in Simei on 28 November 1992. This was made official by Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Health and Community Development.
  • We embarked on our quality journey with the launching of our Service Quality (SQ) Club on 17 October 1992.

1990

  • Toa Payoh Hospital was corporatised on 1 April 1990. With corporatisation, a new TPH logo was unveiled, along with our mission statement and corporate philosophy.
  • We were the first Hospital in Singapore to set up endoscopic day surgery.

1989

  • Plans were underway for our smooth transition into corporatisation
  • Administrators of the government hospital and the restructured one moved into the new office together in December 1989.

1988

  • A committee was appointed to look into the building and equipping of a new hospital in a bigger site.

1986

  • Introduction of routine cranio-ultrasonography for all premature infants.
  • The Hospital Planning Committee started sourcing for a new site for a bigger hospital.

1985

  • As decided by the Ministry of Health, we began concentrating on our key specialisations, urology and gastroenterology.
  • The Neonatal Department launched its neonatal intensive care unit.

1979

  • As the services of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery expanded it broke away from its parent unit, the Accident and Emergency Department to become an independent department.

1976

  • The X-ray department went into 24-hour service to cater to the demand for its services.

1975

  • To identify with the newly built satellite town that we serviced, we were renamed Toa Payoh Hospital.
  • The Surgery Department was recognised for Fellowship Training by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
  • B2 class wards were introduced in the Hospital. This was a pilot project of the government medical service.
  • Obstetric epidural analgesia was offered in the Hospital.

1974

  • Introduction of Medical Intensive Care Unit by Prof Feng Pao Hsii

1973

  • The Neonatology Department was set up by Dr Ho Nai Kiong.

1971

  • Prof Lee Yong Kiat assumed the position of Chief of Medicine and further strengthened the hospital's medical services.
  • Dr Ho Nai Kiong was appointed as our first paediatrician.
  • Dr V Sivagnanaratnam formally established the Department of Anaesthesia.

1969

  • The Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department was set up in March 1969.
  • The hospital became a full-fledged teaching unit.

1968

  • As the hospital took on wider responsibilities, it was renamed Thomson Road General Hospital. It has now joined the ranks of other General Hospitals.

1967

  • Professor Seah Cheng Siang together with Dr Chua Kit Leng and Dr Jeyeratnam pioneered the flexible gastroscopy procedure in Singapore.

1966

  • From 15 September 1966, the hospital was in full development and went into a 24-hour admission cycle. It therefore became an independent operational hospital, serving the northern region.
  • The hospital provided a facility for gastroscopy and gastrocamera.

1965

  • The new extension consisting of a block for the surgical theatres, X-ray department, outpatient and casualty units were opened on 20 February 1965.
  • The X-Ray department services was extended to full office hours
  • Casualty Unit's service hours was extended to 24 hours
  • The Hospital started the surgical unit, under the leadership of Dr Choo Jim Eng, the hospital's first Chief of the Department of Surgery and the Casualty Unit (it was later renamed the Accident and Emergency Department). The first consultant anaesthetist in-charge, Dr A Ganendran from Outram Road General Hospital (ORGH) came to the Hospital three times a week.
  • The hospital started neurosurgery, headed by Dr Tham Cheok Fai.
  • The School of Nursing for pupil assistant nurses was officially opened in September 1965

1964

  • As we gain the confidence of the medical community through clinical research, we received our first batch of newly graduated doctors from University of Singapore.
  • The extensions for outpatient facilities, a surgical block and an X-ray department were completed in June 1964.
  • The Casualty Unit was started in December 1964.
  • By 1964, admissions numbered 4,161 and total bed occupancy averaged 79.9%.

1963

  • In 4 years, the hospital had grown to 13 doctors and 122 nursing staff. Admissions had also increased to 3,540.

1962

  • The Japanese bamboo plant which has come to represent our "soul" was planted by a nurse, Madam Tan Joo Lan, in her effort to beautify the Hospital.

1961

  • 5 wards were commissioned this year, providing a total of 180 beds.

1960

  • Appointment of Prof. Seah Cheng Siang as the first Medical Superintendent and Head of the Department of Medicine.

1959

  • Thomson Road Hospital was formally opened as a hospital for the chronic sick on 20 May 1959.
  • By the end of the year, the hospital had a total of 396 beds, 2 doctors, 7 nursing staff, 16 admissions and 27 outpatient attendances. However only 1 ward was in commission.

1957

  • A foundation stone was laid in June 1957 for a new hospital for the chronic sick at Thomson Road, estimated to cost $4.5m.