SGH has undergone numerous
transformations since its establishment nearly 200 years ago to keep up with
the needs of Singaporeans. The iconic Bowyer Block, a national monument in
recognition of its national significance and rich history, is a standing
reminder of how far we have come in advancing patient care.
It was gazetted as a national monument in 2009, a testament to Singapore
healthcare’s British roots as well as healthcare’s significant contribution to
the nation. While the British laid principles and standards for military-type
healthcare as well as provided the earliest medical professionals, the post-war
and post-independent years saw Singaporeans contributing to healthcare and its
infrastructural development keeping pace with the world.
Today, SGH is the largest hospital in Singapore with nearly 1,800-beds and over
10,000 healthcare workers providing care for more than 1 million patients
annually. It is also a teaching hospital and a nodal point for clinical
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiling the SGH Campus Master Plan in 2016
In 2016, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled the SGH Campus Master Plan for Singapore’s largest healthcare hub. Designed to meet the nation’s future healthcare needs, this 43-hectare site will see an upgraded SGH.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loongon the occasion of SGH Campus’s masterplan launch, 6 Feb 2016
The Japanese occupation forces took over the General Hospital for use by their troops in Southeast Asia.
However, the disruption from the war brought about a paradigm shift in the local medical community. With the expatriate doctors interned by the Japanese during the war, local doctors and staff assumed full responsibility in running the hospitals that continued to serve the locals. They proved themselves capable and became aware of the imperative need to unify the medical service with equal treatment of local and colonial doctors posted from Britain and India.
Just five years after gaining independence, Singapore was actively exploring avenues of economic development to ensure its sustainability. Initiatives were underway to make Singapore a liveable city, and healthcare systems and services had to keep pace with modern advances across the globe.
As the country was gripped by events like Konfrontasi, the Maria Hertogh riots, the Pulau Senang prison riot and the Hock Lee Bus protests, SGH continued to treat their respective victims.
SGH has undergone numerous transformations since its establishment nearly 200 years ago to keep up with the needs of Singaporeans. The iconic Bowyer Block, a National Monument in recognition of its national significance and rich history, is a standing reminder of how far we have come in advancing patient care.