CEOâ€™S MESSAGE Dear Colleagues Last w eek, Minister Khaw Boon Wan made a call to the hospitals in Singapore to take a leaf from the Korean hospitals and embark on the ' Less' challenge. I shared w ith him on TTSH' s progress in medical informatics and assured him that w e are making excellent progress t ow ards scrip-less, film-less, chart-less and paper-less. The media recently follow ed up on Minist er' s call and show cased TTSH' s efforts in using technology to drive efficiency and patient care. You can read about it on CNA http://w w w .channelnew sasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnew s/view /1094056/1/.html My deepest appreciation t o all of you for your perseverance and commitment to this journey. Let us continue to push healthcare forw ard by innovating continually and enhancing t he delivery of our services. On a separate note, I am happy to share that from Dec 1, TTSH w ill partner Yahoo Singapore to contribute healthrelated new s for its homepage. This partnership makes TTSH t he first hospital in Singapore to w ork w it h a w ell know n w eb portal provider. This move w ill raise aw areness on important health issues such as hygiene habits, prevention, early detection and their roles in effective treatment. Our part nership w it h Yahoo also enhances our public outreach efforts and goes past the traditional print media channels. If you w ould like to be involved in this effort, please contact the Corporate Communications Department for more det ails. Next Monday is the start of Infection Control Week. Join me as I present the Best Hand Hygiene Compliance Aw ard to Wards 72 and 3B. I w ill also be presenting an Appreciation Aw ard to w ard 7A f or its efforts as a MRSA cohort w ard since 2007. The TTSH Infection Control team w ill visit w ards, spreading the aw areness of hand hygiene. Do visit this link for more information: http://intranet/infectioncontrol/ Warmest regards, Suet Wun
NEWS Well-thy Body, Well-thy Mind Today w e celebrate the finale of our 8-w eek long ACTIVE Lifestyle Campaign. Watch our staff Out -Eat, Out-Run and Out-Play each other in the ' Great Food Hunt' . The Top-10 teams w ill w alk aw ay w ith attractive cash prizes w orth $1400. Take part in the fun sports challenges lined up in the Atrium from 9.30am to 3.30pm. There w ill also be Educational Talks held at the Annex Level 3, from 12.00pm, w ith lunch and tea break provided. I w ould like to thank all those w ho have participated, supported and made t his 8-w eek long ACTIVE Campaign possible. Letâ€™ s continue to exercise, eat right and live a healthy lifestyle!
Teaching Excellence Six of our clinicians w ere aw arded the NHG Excellence in Teaching Aw ard 2010. This aw ard honours clinicians for their excellence in teaching and ment oring medical students and junior doctors under t heir care. The recipients are as follow s. Junior Faculty Dr Chia Yew Woon from Cardiology Dr Terence Huey from General Surgery Senior Faculty Dr Wu Huei Yaw from Palliative Medicine Dr Daniel Chew from Endocrinology Dr Bernard Thong from Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology Dr Samuel Yeak from Otorhinolaryngology Congratulations to all our aw ard recipients and may you continue to do us proud! It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas It' s time to decorate and celebrate! For t his yearâ€™ s festive decor competition, t he theme is, ' The Night Before Christmas' , and w e have decided to do something different. Instead of only three w inners, w e w ill now have five! The top prize w inner w ill w in $200, w hile the remaining f our depart ments w ill receive $100 each. Our distinguished panel
of judges w ill visit your department to cast their votes on 16 December. Please email Dennis at Dennis_Yeoh@ttsh.com.sg t o register. Registration closes on 11 December. I w ish you t he best and hope you have fun w it h the t ree! New Appointments It is alw ays heartening to share new appointments and staff promotions. This w eek, I am pleased to announce the follow ing new appointments w ith effect from 1 November 2010. Dr Quan Wai Leong, Acting Director, Endoscopy Centre / Consultant, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, as Director, Endoscopy Centre & Adjunct Asst Prof Jane Tan, Consultant, Department of General Surgery, as Deputy Director, Endoscopy Centre. Dr Quan Wai Leong, w it h the support of Adjunct Asst Prof Jane Tan, w ill oversee and manage the Endoscopy Centre as w ell as chart the expansion and development of the Centre. Dr Yap Wee See, Senior Consultant, as Deputy Head, Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (RCCM). As Deputy Head, Dr Yap Wee See w ill assist the Head, Dept of RCCM in t he management of t he department . Dr Aaron Ang, Consultant, as Deputy Head, Department of Psychological Medicine. Dr Aaron Ang w ill assist the Head of Psychological Medicine to manage t he department. Dr Nicholas Chew as Associate Designated Institutional Official (DIO)/TTSH. Wit h this new appointment , Dr Nicholas Chew has relinquished his deputy headship position t o f ocus his attention on t he hospital' s medical education as Associate DIO. My thanks to Nicholas for undertaking t he deputy headship position. Please extend your support and co-operation to t hem as they assume their new roles. Staff Promotions Please join me in congratulating the f ollow ing doctors on their promotion.
Play It Safe I' m proud to share that TTSH is the first hospital in Singapore t o receive the bizSAFE Partner Certificate by Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council. bizSAFE is an initiative by the WSH Council t o enhance safety and health standards among business partners. Through this part nership, TTSH w ill w ork in collaboration w ith the various vendors and suppliers to increase the aw areness of good w orkplace safety. Let us put safety first and alw ays.
EVENTS Ready, Set, Go! Come join us for the official opening of our Sports Medicine & Surgery Clinic! Hear f rom a panel of experts on how sports have evolved and find out how the Sports Medicine Clinic can partner you in your pursuit of sporting excellence. Sports assessments are available from 25 t o 26 November at $5 each. See you at the Atrium! Date: Time: Venue:
Thursday, 25 November 2010 10.00am TTSH Atrium
TTSH IDOL Come and show your support f or our tw elve Doctors w ho w ill be participating in the First Inter-Hospital Concert 2010. The ot her participating groups are from NUH, KKH, SGH and the Singing Doctors Society. Proceeds from t his concert w ill be used t o help needy patients in each hospital. Invite your colleagues and friends to join you f or a night of songs and fundraising. For ticketing enquiries, please contact Dominic Tung at 6357 8046 or email dominic_t email@example.com Date: Time: Venue: Ticket:
Saturday, 20 November 2010 7.30pm Singapore Conference Hall $25
Infection Control Week Join us for t he Appreciation and Best Hand Hygiene Compliance Aw ard to w ards 7A, 72 and 3B respectively. There w ill also be a launch of Hand Hygiene screen savers after the presentation. Surprise visits w ill be conducted throughout t he w hole w eek. So stay clean! Date: Time: Venue:
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 3.45pm (Aw ards presentation and lucky draw ) Wards 7A & 3B.
Surprise visits Date: Monday, 22 November to Friday, 26 November 2010 Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm & 3.00pm to 4.30pm Venue: Inpatient & Outpatient areas
COMPLIMENTS We continue to receive kind words and tokens of thanks from our patients and visitors. Here are some of them. I w ould like to t hank Dr Jeevendra, Consultant, ENT and Dr Richard Sim from General Surgery for going out on a limb to keep me in t he loop w hile my father, Mr Ong Sw ee Seng, w as being w orked up f or his submandicular adenocarinoma and dysplastic colorectal polyps. I w as overseas at the time of diagnosis. Much appreciated from a professional point of view , as a fellow doctor and a patient' s son. - Dr Gene Ong I w as hospitalised from the 18th t o 27t h October in Ward 12D.I am very satisfied w ith the care and treatment I received. Special thanks to all t he nurses and staff from the w ard including t he ITE nursing students. They have not only displayed professionalism, but also care and passion t o every patient. Being in C class, I received excellent treatment from Dr Charis, Dr Yu Chun Sing, Dr Pillay and team. Lastly, I w ould like to express my gratitude to Khoo Ern Huey, as she w as actively attending to all my needs. I w ill proudly say that Singapore hospitals are the best in t he w orld! - Mr U Swe Tin I w ould like to offer my compliments to Mr Yong Kim Ping, (Executive, Operating Theatre Services), for his invaluable help. Mr Yong radiates all the enthusiasm and passion in his w ork. I w as at the service counter of the Day Surgery Centre on 9/11 requesting t he customer service officer to arrange for an earlier appointment for my surgery. While passing by and on hearing t hat I had gastric problems and could not endure w ithout f ood for t he w hole day, Mr Yong immediately asked me for my particulars and called t he nursing officer-in-charge. I w as very touched by his efficient service.His positive w ork attitude certainly brings a smile to patients like me. Such acts are deeply appreciated. - Ms Shereen Lee I had knee surgery few years ago in another hospital and it w as a traumatic experience. The knee problem, unfort unately, did not go aw ay. I t hen consulted Dr Sathappan. He w as very patient and explained my medical condition clearly and also informed me of t he options t hat w ere available. He allayed my fear for furt her treatment. I w ish to express my sincere thanks to Mr Sathappan for his kindness and concern. I w ould also like to thank his support staff Ms Lily w ho is very courteous and helpful w henever I am there for consultations at Clinic B1A. I am confidently looking forw ard to the next stage of my treatment and comf orted t hat I am in good hands. - Mr Arun