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Infectious Disease

The Infectious Disease services at Sengkang General Hospital is dedicated in providing quality clinical care, prevention, treatment and management of infectious diseases. We offer inpatient and outpatient clinical services related to the care of patients with a wide range of infectious diseases, including patients with underlying immunocompromising conditions. We strive to provide care that is comprehensive and timely with early and well-coordinated transition to outpatient care.

The team includes infectious disease physicians, nurses, pharmacists and patient service associates, working together with other clinicians, microbiologists, infection preventionists, hospital epidemiologists and other healthcare professionals. We are well-equipped to manage various infections ranging in complexity and provide consultative care for patients with particularly challenging problems in the diagnosis, management and therapy of various infectious diseases.

We are committed in working together with other physicians in the community to improve the overall population’s health care and quality of life by enhancing the application of its patient care delivery. Along with diagnosing and treating a wide array of infections and infectious disease, our team of specialists will go through great lengths to prevent infections long before they occur. This is done through physician education, antibiotic stewardship, vaccinations and purposeful health education in the community, which our team of medical staff are also involved in. Through our antibiotic stewardship programme, we play an important role in improving antibiotic prescription to effectively treat infections, protect our patients from unnecessary antibiotic usage and halt the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Our team is also instrumental in contributing to our hospital and national infectious disease outbreak response. We are also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

In addition, our team of physicians are involved in a variety of clinical research activities related to the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, closely collaborating with various research partners from the hospital and from other institutions.

Our Infectious Disease Clinical Services

Our team of specialists offer extensive and compassionate care to diagnose and manage both common and complex diseases, including and not limited to:

  • Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT)
    • The Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) service at the hospital offers patients administration of intravenous and intramuscular antibiotics to patients in the outpatient setting.
  • General Infectious Diseases including management of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Infectious in the immunocompromised host
  • Travel related infections
  • Fever of unknown origin includign diagnosis of non-infectious causes

Our Infectious Disease Clinic

The Infectious Disease and Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Clinic is located on Level 2 of the Medical Centre.


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What is the definition of an infectious disease and communicable disease?

Infectious disease is an illness caused by the spread of prions or micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites) to humans, animals or the environment, including food and water.

Communicable Disease is a disease capable of being transmitted from an infected person or species to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly.

How are infectious diseases commonly spread?

  • Person-to-person contact through skin wounds.
  • Any object (fomite) has the potential to be a carrier of an infectious agent. Dirty clothes and linens, utensils and unsterilised hospital equipment are some examples of breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Droplets in the air e.g. when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Airborne infections like tuberculosis, varicella, measles
  • Contaminated food and drinks
  • Vector-borne infections such as malaria and dengue fever spread by mosquitoes

How do you prevent infectious diseases?

At Sengkang General Hospital, we take preventative medicine very seriously and are always striving to prevent disease long before it occurs. Some good ways to prevent infectious diseases include washing your hands often, using antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor, getting vaccinated, being conscious about your food preparation, not sharing personal items, practising safe sex, and staying at home when you feel like you might have an infection or illness coming on.

Where is Sengkang General Hospital’s Infectious Disease Department located?

Searching for an infectious disease service in Singapore? SKH’s Infectious Disease outpatient clinic is at Level 2 of Medical Centre, which can be found at: Sengkang General Hospital, 110 Sengkang E Way, Singapore 544886. You can get in touch with Sengkang General Hospital’s friendly team of staff through our phone line for general enquiries: +65 6930 5000 (24 hrs).


Our Care Team

Although infections are quite common, they can cause a lot of stress and discomfort if not treated promptly and efficiently. Our infectious disease team at SKH understands the importance of quality, personalised medical treatment for anyone who comes through our doors and we strive to organise all patient care through a team approach that is comprehensive, accessible and personalised.