The National University Health System (NUHS) is an integrated Academic Health System and Regional Health System in Singapore that delivers value-driven, innovative and sustainable healthcare.
Throughout the history of our institutions, our staff has worked across the health system to advance the tripartite missions of achieving clinical excellence, developing the next generation of healthcare professionals, and changing the natural history of chronic diseases through research.
At NUHS, we leverage our unique position as an academic health system to tap on the wealth of resources residing within the whole of the National University of Singapore (NUS). Through collaborations with NUS faculties, we are able to draw upon their academic, research and creative capabilities to develop solutions for existing and emerging health and healthcare needs of the Singapore population.
As part of our regional health system responsibility, we work in close collaboration with community hospitals, general practitioners, family medicine clinics, nursing homes and other community and social partners to provide integrated care to the community.
With member institutions under one academic health system, NUHS creates synergies as a fully integrated cluster to provide seamless care from prevention to home care, and with our academic institutions, to continue to develop solutions for Singapore’s healthcare challenges, and nurture the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Members of the NUHS:
Tertiary, Acute and Community Hospitals
National University Hospital (NUH)
NUH is a 1,200-bed tertiary hospital and major referral centre for a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and dental specialties. NUH also provides organ transplant programmes for adults (in kidney, liver and pancreas) and is the only public hospital in Singapore to offer a paediatric kidney and liver transplant programme.
Staffed by a team of healthcare professionals who rank among the best in the field, NUH offers quality patient care by embracing innovations and advances in medical treatment.
In 2004, NUH became the first Singapore hospital to receive the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, an international stamp for excellent clinical practices in patient care and safety. Today, patient safety and good clinical outcomes remain the focus of the hospital as it continues to play a key role in the training of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, and in translational research which paves the way for new cures and treatment, offering patients hope and a new lease of life.
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital are the first hospitals in Singapore to be designed and built together from the ground up as an integrated healthcare development. They were envisioned to transform the way healthcare is provided to the community and designed to deliver patient-centred services in a seamless and integrated manner. They complement each other for better patient care, greater efficiency and convenience. The hospital planning process took into account how patient care, treatment and rehabilitation may continue seamlessly between the two hospitals.
The 700-bed Ng Teng Fong General Hospital showcases revolutionary features and processes, some of which are firsts in Singapore. The 400-bed Jurong Community Hospital offers post-acute and rehabilitative care. It complements care provided by the adjoining Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, so that patients who no longer require acute care can recuperate in a setting better catered to their needs.
National Specialty Centres
National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), a national specialty centre, offers a broad spectrum of cancer care and management covering both paediatric and adult cancers, with expertise in prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. The Institute adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to develop a comprehensive and personalised plan for each cancer patient and his or her family. NCIS draws on the expertise of its specialists in the fields of haematology-oncology, radiation oncology, gynaecologic oncology, paediatric oncology, surgical oncology, oncology nursing, oncology pharmacy, palliative care, pathology, radiology, medical specialties including gastroenterology and hepatology, infectious diseases, pulmonary and critical care, psychiatry, epidemiology and public health as well as other allied health sciences.
NCIS is home to the Cancer Therapeutics Research Group, one of the few academic early phase cancer clinical trial groups spanning leading academic centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia, and Taiwan. Its strength in research allows patients to access drugs and devices before they are commercially available. NCIS is also closely affiliated with the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore.
National University Heart Centre, Singapore
The National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) brings together the resources, expertise and capabilities in the areas of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery to better meet the needs of the growing number of patients with heart disease. A key centre for the treatment and management of complex cardiovascular diseases, NUHCS’ core clinical programmes include heart failure, structural heart disease, acute coronary syndrome, vascular medicine and therapy, women’s heart health and heart rhythm.
Comprising a team of cardiovascular specialists and experts from a multitude of medical and surgical disciplines, the NUHCS provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to the treatment of patients with heart problems. This approach is backed by cutting edge knowledge and information gathered by the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). The CVRI focuses on developing niche research work in creating new knowledge in support of NUHCS’ core clinical programmes by working in close collaboration with both local and international renowned research institutes such as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and New Zealand’s Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore (in 2019)
To be completed in 2019, the National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore (NUCOHS) will be NUHS’ third national specialty centre. NUCOHS will enable the National University of Singapore Faculty of Dentistry and NUH’s University Dental Cluster to operate within NUHS under an academic health centre governance model with the objective of transforming oral health in Singapore and nurturing the next generation of oral health professionals.
The new Centre will be equipped with patient-centric facilities to manage the oral health needs of elderly patients, as well as those with special needs and co-existing medical conditions rendering routine dental treatment that are more complex. Undergraduates can also look forward to more extensive and exciting use of innovative educational technology to complement the conventional methods of training and education.
National University Polyclinics
National University Polyclinics (NUP) currently have five polyclinics and will have a total of seven by 2020. The polyclinics are: Bukit Batok, Clementi, Choa Chu Kang, Queenstown, Jurong, Pioneer (in 2017) and Bukit Panjang (in 2020).
Committed to providing accessible, comprehensive and coordinated primary care, NUP works together with GP partners, community health and social care partners to ensure the wellbeing of the communities it serves.
Academic Health Sciences Institutions/ Schools
NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
Established in 1905, the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine is the first institution of higher learning in Singapore and the genesis of the National University of Singapore.
The School offers one of the finest undergraduate medical programmes in the Asia-Pacific region and commands international recognition and respect. The Times World University Subject Rankings 2015-2016 and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2016 list NUS Medicine as Asia’s leading medical school.
The School admits 300 students to its medical undergraduate degree programme annually while 100 students are enrolled in the nursing undergraduate degree programme. Research programmes at the School seek to provide meaningful solutions to Singapore’s healthcare needs. The 18 NUS Medicine departments in the basic sciences and clinical specialties work closely with the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies and the Centre for Biomedical Ethics to ensure that teaching and research are aligned and relevant to Singapore’s healthcare needs.
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
The Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies was established in 2005. It is the only institution in Singapore to offer academic nursing degree programmes, ranging from baccalaureate to doctoral levels.
Its faculty of exemplary teachers and researchers is committed to nurturing the next generation of transformational nurse leaders for the clinical practice, education and research, to meet the dynamic challenges of the healthcare system. It strives to achieve this by providing quality evidence-based education within a student-centered learning environment, and through inter professional education.
NUS Faculty of Dentistry
The NUS Faculty of Dentistry began as a Department of Dentistry within the King Edward VII College of Medicine in 1929. It was the first dental school to be established in a British colony in the East. The Faculty of Dentistry comprises five Disciplines – Discipline of Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry and Endodontics; Discipline of Periodontics; Discipline of Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry; Discipline of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Discipline of Oral Sciences – and the Division of Graduate Dental Studies. Together, they strive to fulfil the Faculty’s mission of excelling in clinical care, research and education. Currently, the Faculty has an intake of 54 undergraduate students annually.
The Faculty works closely with departments in the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and other teaching hospitals and institutions across Singapore in healthcare delivery and education. It also partners departments in other faculties of the University, public institutions and private enterprises in multi-disciplinary research activities.
NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
As Singapore’s first and only full-fledged public health tertiary education institution, the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, builds upon more than 60 years of experience in research, training and practice to continually foster healthier communities in Singapore and the region through its translational cross-disciplinary research work on cohort studies and life course epidemiology, infectious disease research, health technology assessments, health promotion, workplace health and safety, health systems evaluation and health services research, to impact public health programmes and policies.
The School actively collaborates with many partners including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Harvard School of Public Health and University of Michigan School of Public Health.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, the School’s flagship programme, attracts students from a wide range of disciplines from within Singapore and throughout the region.
SSHSPH is also a member of the National University Health System (NUHS), the first academic medical centre in Singapore. As part of NUHS, SSHSPH works closely with the National University Hospital in hospital-based health services and primary care research.
Jurong Medical Centre
Jurong Medical Centre (JMC) was officially opened in 2006 in a pilot project by the Ministry of Health to bring specialist healthcare services to the community. It offers a convenient alternative for patients who require specialist care or minor surgery, so that they no longer need to travel to a hospital.
A one-stop medical care centre for the west, JMC offers a range of services including day surgery, diagnostic and outpatient specialist services, chronic disease management, health screening and health promotion programmes. In addition, it offers a range of Allied Health services to cater to the diverse and complex needs of patients. It also provides supplementary diagnostic services, support for chronic disease management, and specialist services to general practitioners in its vicinity.
In time to come, JMC will complement the acute and step-down care services offered by Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital respectively.