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Endocrinology

The Endocrinology Service at Sengkang General Hospital offers comprehensive care across the full spectrum of diabetes mellitus and endocrine disorders, including thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, gonadal, calcium, bone, metabolic disorders, as well as obesity-related disorders. Our endocrinology centre covers both inpatient and outpatient care.

The endocrine system plays a major role in many, diverse body functions. Patients often suffer from several disorders, some resulting in severe complications. Endocrine problems, including diabetes, thyroid disorders and adrenal disease, touch the lives of millions of Singaporeans. At SKH, our endocrinologists, nurse educators and other specialists help you feel your best. Our team of specialists from various medical fields consult to develop a treatment plan customised to each patient's case. Our multidisciplinary team includes primary physician, endocrinologists, surgeons, specially trained registered nurses, dietitians and therapists.

Our Clinical Specialties & Services

The endocrinology clinic at Sengkang General Hospital offers the following clinical specialities and services:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Lipid disorders such as hypercholesterolaemia, hypertriglyceridaemia
  • Obesity and weight problems
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Calcium and bone disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Female Reproductive disorders
  • Male Hormonal problems
    • Hypogonadism, gynaecomastia
  • Water and electrolyte problems
    • Hyponatraemia, Hypokalaemia, suspected diabetes insipidus
    • Hypoglycaemia (non-diabetes related)

Centres/Clinics

  • Calcium and Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic
    • The clinic in Singapore aims to provide a one-stop diagnostic and treatment centre to evaluate and care for patients with severe osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disorders.
  • DEAR (Diabetes Education and Adjustment in Ramadan) Programme
    • Knowledge of Diabetes Mellitus and safe practices during Ramadan fasting among Muslim patients in Singapore.
  • DREAM (Diabetes Risk evaluation for lower Extremity Amputation Management) Programme
    • Preventative foot care programme designed to prevent a second amputation and to assess peripheral vascular disease, diabetic foot ulcers, Charcot foot and gangrene.
  • General Diabetes Clinic
    • Comprehensive care provided by a multidisciplinary team for those with complex diabetes, including diabetes self-management education.
  • General Endocrinology Clinic
    • Evaluate and treat patients with known or suspected endocrine disorders.
  • SWITCH (Sengkang Weight Improvement Therapy and Complete health) Programme
    • The SWITCH programme is run by a multidisciplinary team consisting of doctors (surgeons and physicians), dietitians, physiotherapists, psychologists and nurses, who work together to deliver a comprehensive programme, based on the latest scientific evidence, to assist and guide patients in their weight loss journey.
    • SWITCH Centre
  • Thyroid Nodule Clinic
    • A One-stop clinic for the evaluation of thyroid nodules performed within the clinic upon initial consultation.
  • Type 1 Diabetes Clinic
    • Comprehensive care for patients with Type 1 diabetes

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FAQs

What are the different types of diabetes?

Diabetes can be classified into three different types, namely:

  • Type 1 diabetes: No production of insulin due to damaged pancreatic cells.
  • Type 2 diabetes: Occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly.
  • Gestational diabetes: Occurs in about 2 to 5 percent of all pregnancy - when the body produces an inadequate amount of the hormone insulin.

How do I schedule an appointment?

For an appointment with one our endocrine, diabetes or metabolic disorder specialists, please contact us at 6930 6000.

How do I find a doctor who specialises in my condition?

To find a doctor who specialises in a particular endocrine-related condition, use our searchable Find a Doctor resource to locate the doctor's name, specialties. We recommend you first ask your current physician at the GP or Polyclinic for a referral to the SKH doctor you wish to see. Your GP may also recommend a specialist.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Common symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst or hunger, fatigue, frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, unexplained weight loss or gain and in some cases - vision changes.

What does an endocrinologist do?

An endocrinologist is a medical specialist who is trained to deal with conditions that affect the glands, often treating people with conditions that are caused by hormone issues - such as diabetes, menopause and thyroid problems. You’ll need a referral from your GP or doctor to see an endocrinologist.

What does SKH do to achieve a high level of patient safety in endocrinology?

SKH employs a medication and patient safety programme that seeks to ensure zero harm in the delivery of endocrinology care and treatment. Our care processes are holistically designed and are continuously reviewed for improvement. We also monitor our patient safety indicators and are constantly looking for new and better ways to deliver medical care in a way that is comprehensive, safe and seamless. Additionally, our clinical review team routinely reviews clinical notes and issues related to patient safety and unacceptable standards of treatment. This pursuit will translate into excellent care for our patients.

 

Our Care Team

SKH brings the strength of a multidisciplinary team of endocrinologist to help patients meet the challenges of endocrine disorders with a variety of approaches, including medical, pharmaceutical, and life-style management techniques.

 

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