The Inpatient Consult Service provides for inter-departmental referrals. Nearly a thousand inpatient consults are seen annually, mainly but not confined to lung cancer evaluation, preoperative evaluation/optimization, and pulmonary complications in immunocompromised hosts. Consults are also provided for airway burns and ventilator management.
The Department also oversees the running of the rapid response team (SMART Team; SGH MICU Acute Response Team) that attends to all patients in the Division of Medicine who may be quickly deteriorating. The SMART Team assists in the acute management of such patients and arranges for a higher level of care (Medical Intermediate Care Area or Intensive Care Unit) if required.
The Lung Centre (Clinic B) sees a large number of outpatient visits with pulmonary disorders daily on weekdays, including patients referred from neighboring countries.