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Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Overview

The Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine provides comprehensive care for both inpatients and outpatients with pulmonary problems.

The department provides an active patient care service in the following areas:

  • Clinical Pulmonology
  • Lung Cancer Programme
  • Difficult-to-treat Asthma Clinic
  • Occupational Lung Disorders Clinic
  • Smoking Cessation Programme
  • Interventional Pulmonology

    The department is one of the few centres in South-East Asia in Interventional Bronchoscopy and its entire spectrum of uses including laser, stenting and brachytherapy for patients with endobronchial disease. Services available include:

    • Flexible Bronchoscopy service
    • Medical Thoracoscopy service
    • Rigid Bronchoscopy service
    • Whole Lung Lavage for Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Medical Intensive Care

    The Medical Intensive Care Unit has developed detailed patient care protocols with referrals from the hospital as well as other hospitals and neighbouring countries. The department is responsible for the care of medical patients with critical illnesses such as severe community acquired pneumonia, ARDS and immuno-compromised hosts with respiratory failure. This ICU is also the Centre for Heat Disorders in the country, with a Body Cooling Unit available.

  • Sleep Disorders Unit

    A multidisciplinary sleep disorders unit has been established in 1998 for the evaluation, education and treatment of patients with sleep disorders. This is done in collaboration with Neurologists, ENT Surgeons, psychologists and psychiatrists.

  • Pulmonary Function Laboratory

    Provides cardiopulmonary exercise testing and general pulmonary function testing. GPs referring patients for tests can download the test request form from this site. (MS Word Format / Adobe Acrobat Format)

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme

    The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Service is a programme to help patients with chronic pulmonary disease achieve and maintain a maximum level of independence and functioning in the community.

  • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

    Endobronchial Ultrasound is a minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedure used for both diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. The radial probe allows biopsy of small peripheral lung lesions and it is thus an important option in the early diagnosis of peripheral lung cancer. The convex probe enables visualization of mediastinal lymph nodes and biopsy (TBNA) under real time guidance for staging of lung cancer. Both of these services are available in the department and we have a team of bronchoscopists who are proficient in both these procedures.

Difficult-to-treat Asthma Clinic

Referral criteria:

  • Uncontrolled asthma despite medications 
  • Asthma patients with frequent asthma attacks despite medications
  • Patients who wish to participate in asthma trials (eg Anti-Ig E treatment for severe asthma)
  • Patients who wish to consider Bronchial Thermoplasty treatment for severe uncontrolled asthma 

Wednesday afternoon session at Allergy Centre

Occupational Lung Disorders Clinic

Referral criteria:

  • Any patient with suspected occupational lung condition
  • Those with occupational asthma and occupational dust diseases could also be referred

Clinic schedule: 4th Wednesday of the month, 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Smoking Cessation Programme

Referral criteria: Those who need help to stop smoking

Clinic schedule:

  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 8.00am - 10.00am;
  • Every Tuesday, 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Staff MembersSub-Specialty
Head & Senior Consultant
Assoc. Prof. Loo Chian Min MBBS, MRCP (UK), FAMS, FCCPPulmonary Medicine, Critical Care, End-stage Lung Disease, Transplantation
Senior Consultant
Dr. Anantham Devanand MBBS, MRCP (UK), AKC (Lond)Pulmonary Medicine, Thoracoscopy, Medical Ethics
Dr. Hsu Ann Ling, Anne MBBS, M Med (Int Med), FRCP (UK), FCCP (USA), FAMSPulmonary Medicine, Sleep Disorders, Interventional Pulmonology/Lung Cancer
Dr. Koh Siyue, Mariko MBBS, MRCP (UK), FCCPPulmonary Medicine, Asthma, Endobronchial Ultrasound and Allergy
Dr. Low Su Ying B.A., BMBCh (Oxon), MRCP (UK)Pulmonary Medicine, Interstitial Lung Disease, Asthma & Thoracoscopy
Dr. Ong Thun How MBBS, MRCP (UK)Pulmonary Medicine, Asthma, Sleep Medicine
Dr. Phua Ghee Chee MBBS, M Med (Int Med), MRCP (UK), FAMS, FCCP, EDICPulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Asthma, Allergy
Dr. Tan Keng Leong MBBS, FAMS, FCCP, FRCP (Edin)Pulmonary Medicine, Asthma, Sleep Disorders, Occupational Lung Diseases
Associate Consultant
Dr. Adrian Chan Kwok Wai MBBS, MRCP (UK)Intensive Care Medicine & Allergy
Dr Thérèse Sophie Lapperre MD (NL), PhD (NL)Pulmonary Medicine & Asthma
Dr. Sewa Duu Wen MBBS, MRCP(UK)Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, End stage lung disease, Lung Transplantation
Dr. Tan Aik Hau MBBS, MRCP(UK), M Med(Int Med)Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine
Registrar
Dr. Eza Azahari BMBS, MRCP(UK)Advanced Specialty Training
Dr. K Ganesh MBBS. MRCP(UK)Advanced Specialty Training
Dr. Tan Gan Liang MD, MRCPAdvanced Specialty Training
Dr. Jessica Tan MBBS, MRCPAdvanced Specialty Training
Visiting Consultant
Dr. Chew Huck Chin Consultant

Appointments

To make or change an appointment, please call: 6321 4377

Location

Department Office:

Academia, Level 3
Tel: 6321-4700 / 6321-4685
Fax: 6227-1736
(for departmental matters only)

Last Modified Date :05 Mar 2014