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Respiratory Medicine

The Department of Respiratory Medicine at Sengkang General Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for a wide variety of pulmonary disorders. The pulmonary and critical care physicians offer an extensive range of clinical programmes to improve patient outcomes in respiratory and critical care medicine.

The department is supported by services in all aspects of ambulatory pulmonary patient care, including pulmonary function laboratory and endoscopy suites. The Sleep Clinic which is equipped with both inpatient and ambulatory sleep laboratory services aid in the diagnosis and management of sleep-related problems. By integrating clinical expertise, research and modern technology, the department strives to provide the best medical care and services for their patients.

Our Clinical Services

The clinical services provided by the Department of Respiratory Medicine encompass a variety of respiratory and critical care treatments for both inpatient and outpatient care. They include:

  • Diagnosis and management of airway disorders (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis)
  • Evaluation of diffuse parenchymal lung disease
  • Diagnosis and treatment of lung infections (including tuberculosis)
  • Evaluation and management of chronic cough
  • Evaluation and management of haemoptysis
  • Evaluation and management of pleural disorders (pneumothorax, pleural effusions)
  • Evaluation and management of sleep disorder breathing (obstructive sleep apnoea, obesity hypoventilation syndrome)

Our Department Facilities

  • Ambulatory clinics
  • Pulmonary function laboratory
  • Pulmonary Diagnostics @ SKH Clinical Measurement Centre is equipped with modern computerized apparatus which can offer a wide variety of lung function testing for inpatients, outpatients, direct referrals from primary care partners and other hospitals. Available tests include:
  • Spirometry 
    • With or without reversibility testing
    • Sitting and supine 
  • Lung volumes (body plethysmography and nitrogen washout)
  • Diffusion Capacity
  • Maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures
  • Maximal voluntary ventilation
  • Exhaled nitric oxide
  • Pulse oximetry
  • Skin prick test for aeroallergens
  • Oxygen titration at rest / exercise
  • Bronchoprovocation tests:
    • Methacholine challenge test 
    • Exercise induced asthma test 
    • Hypertonic saline challenge test
  • Six-minute walking test
  • Endoscopy room
    • Diagnostic services include flexible bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, bronchial biopsy, transbronchial lung biopsy under fluoroscopy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and thoracoscopy.
  • Sleep disorder service 
    • Sleep medicine clinics: This clinic will see patients with sleep disordered breathing (including obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)), insomnias, parasomnias and abnormal sleep movements.
    • Ambulatory sleep study / pulse oximetry / actigraphy
    • CPAP counselling and rental services

Our Clinics


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Conditions We Treat

Airway disordersInterstitial lung disease
Lung nodules and evaluation of lung cancer
Lung infections
Pleural disorders
  • Pneumothorax
Chronic cough
Sleep disorder breathing

Treatments Offered

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Transbronchial lung biopsy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration
  • Image-guided biopsy of peripheral lung nodules using radial probe