Kk Women's And Children's Hospital

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The KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (abbreviated as KKH) is Singapore’s biggest hospital dedicated to women’s and children’s healthcare, and is situated at 100 Bukit Timah Road in Kampong Java, inside the Kallang planning area.

KKH has expanded from its modest origins as a tiny general hospital in 1858 to a 30-bed maternity hospital in 1924 to an 830-bed hospital that provides obstetric and gynecology, neonatology, and paediatric care. It is the birthplace of a large number of Singaporeans, delivering over half of all infants in the nation as early as 1938, and is affectionately referred to as “KK” by locals.

The hospital was inducted into the Guinness Book of Records in 1966 for delivering the most births in a single maternity facility in that year, and it held the record for a decade, delivering 85 percent of the population.

The hospital relocated to its current location in March 1997. The National Heritage Board designated the former buildings as a historical landmark in 2003, paying honor to an institution that has given birth to over 1.2 million Singaporeans since its founding.

History

The name of the hospital is derived from the Malay word for “buffalo shed” (kandang = shed / pen + kerbau = buffalo), indicating the area’s previous association with buffalo raising.

While the hospital began by focusing on women’s health, particularly gynecology and obstetrics, it has now broadened its scope.

The paediatrics department was first created to provide post-delivery care for newborns, but it has now grown into a complete paediatric service, treating children of all ages for a variety of ailments up to adolescence. The neonatology service was later introduced as an extension. As a result of the hospital’s enlarged mission, it was renamed KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The scope of service has grown even more in recent years to offer comprehensive care to mothers and children. It aspires to be the “Healthcare Leader for Women and Children,” as its tagline suggests. The hospital has been expanded with new departments. For women with disorders needing competence in those fields, paediatric surgery was included first, followed by colorectal surgery, psychiatry, and orthopaedics.

On April 1, 2000, the hospital became a member of the Singapore Health Services as a consequence of a reorganization effort in the local healthcare landscape.

Strengths in Medicine

KKH is a significant tertiary referral center for the following conditions:

Obstetrics with a high-risk pregnancy

Treatment for gynecological cancer

Problems with urogynaecology

Neonatology

Paediatrics

Bone marrow transplantation in children

Paediatric open heart surgery is a kind of surgery that is performed on children.

In Singapore, KKH created the first 24-hour children’s emergency service.

With 32 beds, it is Southeast Asia’s biggest Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The hospital’s perinatal death rate of 4.92 per 1,000 live births and neonatal mortality rate of 1.99 per 1,000 live births place it among the world’s best.

Strength of the Personnel

The hospital employs about 4,000 people, including:

Around 500 of them are specialists.

Nurses make up more than 1,800 of the total.

There are almost 1,200 Allied Health Professionals.

Trials in Medicine

A clinical trial is a study conducted on humans to find or confirm the clinical, pharmacological, and/or other pharmacodynamic effects of an investigational product(s), such as a medicine, vaccination, or medical device, in order to determine its safety and effectiveness.

An Ethics Committee and the Health Sciences Authority must examine and approve all clinical studies in Singapore. The ethics and regulatory agencies’ monitoring guarantees that research is conducted in a safe and ethical way.

New medications, gadgets, therapies, and treatments are tested in KKH research investigations in the following areas:

Obstetrics and Gynecology Division

Aspects of assisted reproduction technology

Cancers of the gynecological system

The pregnancy result has improved.

Pain relief during childbirth

Preventing nausea and vomiting after surgery

Preventing preterm births is one of the most important things you can do.

Clinical Support Services Division of Urogynaecology

Paediatric Medicine’s Anaesthesia Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging Division

Immunology and allergy

Heart and circulatory problems

Diabetes in Children’s Development

Intestinal disorders

Medicine in an emergency

Genetics

Disorders of the blood

Viruses and other infectious disorders

Diseases of the kidneys

Patients in intensive care units are managed.

Mental health is important.

Diseases of the nervous system

Nutrition

Diseases of the nervous system

Cancer in children and adolescents

Diseases of the lungs

TCM as a complementary and alternative medicine

Surgical Division

 

Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery Neurosurgery

Patients and Volunteers for Research

Clinical trials at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital may be done in a variety of methods. Volunteers might be healthy, at risk of acquiring a condition, or have already been diagnosed with one. You may consent to participate in a study, grant permission for your medical records to be examined for research, or give permission for blood and tissue samples to be used.

Volunteers for Research

The following KKH research projects are now looking for study participants. If you are interested in volunteering for our clinical research or learning more about the study, please contact us using the information below.

  1. The Singapore Childhood Undiagnosed Programme: Understanding the Genetics of Mendelian Disorders

Director of Research

Genetics Service, Dr. Saumya Jamuar

Period of Recruitment

Until June 30, 2023

The study’s goal is to find out more about

The study’s main goal is to figure out how useful modern genomic technologies are for comprehending Mendelian illnesses. This will be accomplished by selecting individuals with Mendelian illnesses, doing whole genome, exome, or targeted next generation sequencing to discover related genes, and then analyzing the findings for possible mutations.

Procedures and visits for research are necessary.

A clinical geneticist will assess the participants and take note of their clinical and dysmorphic characteristics. Clinical data was gathered, as well as physical tests and neurologic and behavioral indications. Other tests and consultations with other paediatric specialists may be scheduled as needed after the clinical evaluation. This research will use 3-5ml of blood from people who haven’t been diagnosed with a genetic mutation and have given their permission to participate.

Criteria for Eligibility

This research will cover patients who meet the criteria for Mendelian illnesses but do not have a recognized molecular genetic diagnosis.

(For the sake of this research, mendelian diseases are defined as disorders that occur in families and have a pattern that reflects the inheritance of a single causal gene.) Patients with developmental delay, intellectual impairment, autism spectrum disorders, craniosynostosis, skeletal dysplasia, and/or hereditary heart abnormalities are all examples of Mendelian illnesses.)

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