About the Emergency Department
The Emergency (ED) Department at Sengkang General Hospital provides 24-hour service for trauma and non-trauma surgical and medical emergencies. We have a multi-disciplinary Emergency Care team to oversee and manage acute emergencies, providing patients with treatment at the specialist level. Our team of Emergency Medicine specialists are experienced and well-equipped to provide emergency care to anyone seeking emergency medical help.
Our 24-hour one-stop ED handles the following emergencies:
General Emergencies: Our Emergency Department assesses and treats patients with general medical and surgical emergencies.
Cardiac Emergencies (Selected Conditions): We provide basic care for all cardiovascular emergencies including physical examination, ECG, X-ray, blood investigation and basic supportive treatment.
Neurological Emergencies (Selected conditions): Patients presenting with acute stroke symptoms in less than 6 hours will be stabilised in SKH ED and transferred to NNI (TTSH).
ENT Emergencies: We diagnose and treat a variety of common ENT emergencies: (nosebleeds, foreign body throat etc).
Eye Emergencies (selected conditions).
Trauma and Orthopaedic Emergencies: We provide medical treatment for accident patients with major trauma. This includes resuscitation and other basic trauma treatment procedures such as suturing, basic care of wounds and setting of simple fractures and dislocations.
Surgical Emergencies: We can carry out minor surgical procedures such as toilet and suture of wounds sustained during trauma e.g. fall, cut by sharp objects, etc.
Paediatric Emergencies (Selected conditions): We provides initial evaluation, stabilization and treatment to acutely ill or injured infants and children. If a child requires admission, transfer to KK hospital will be done.
Not sure if you should visit the ED? Visit your family doctor or neighbourhood general practitioner (GP) if:
You are feeling unwell. Your family doctor will be able to assess if you require a visit to the ED.
You have symptoms suggestive of common medical conditions such as colds, small cuts, abdominal pain, headache etc.
You feel it is not an emergency.
On arrival, your symptoms will be assessed by an experienced emergency nurse and triaged in order of priority. Priority of care is not based on the time of arrival. This is done by a process called triage (meaning "to sort") and based on the severity or potential severity of the patient's condition that could worsen if not treated early.
In the provision of acute and emergency care, the team constantly strive to provide timely, appropriate and safe care in accordance with the national standards and best practices in healthcare delivery. Patients of all age groups will be assessed and treated at the emergency department. This includes patients who walk in on their own or are conveyed by ambulance service. All patients are prioritised according to the severity of their conditions and stabilised with the appropriate treatment. If your condition has been assessed to be life-threatening or critically ill, you will be attended to earlier.
The waiting time depends on various factors including the seriousness of a patient's medical condition and the number of patients waiting to be treated. If a patient's condition has been assessed to be serious at triage, they will be attended to earlier. If you fall under the non-emergency group, please be advised that you may have to wait an average of more than 4 hours to be attended to by a doctor. If you require urgent but non-emergency medical attention, you are strongly advised to visit your GP or a nearby medical care facility for initial assessment.
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