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Infectious Disease

The Infectious Disease Department at Sengkang General Hospital is dedicated to providing quality clinical care, treatment and management of infectious disease. We offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient clinical services related to the care of patients with infectious diseases. Our team of physicians conduct a broad array of clinical research activities in a variety of areas of microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, host defense, and the epidemiological aspects of diseases. The department offers clinical care for all major areas of infectious diseases. 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, epidemiologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. The team is 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.

These infections may be bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic in origin, and may be acquired locally from the community or abroad during travel. Our Infectious Diseases service at SKH is committed to 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 infectious disease specialists go to great lengths to prevent infections long before they occur. This is done through purposeful health education in the community, which our team of medical staff are actively involved in.

Our Infectious Disease Clinical Services

Our team of specialists offer extensive and compassionate care to diagnose and manage both common and complex diseases, including:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases including Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme (ASP)
    • This programme optimizes antibiotic to ensure appropriate usage.
  • 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.
  • Infection Prevention and Control Programme
  • General Infectious Diseases including management of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO)

Our Infectious Disease Clinic

The team provides consultation services for a wide range of infectious diseases including fever of unknown origin. The Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy 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 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 and parasites.
  • Droplets in the air e.g. when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Food and drink contaminated by stools or urine
  • Some insects help in the transmission of diseases by carrying the infectious agent. Malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever are examples of diseases spread by mosquitoes. In addition, typhoid fever and some food-borne infections may be caused by eating food that flying insects have landed on.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, syphilis and gonorrhoea involve an exchange of bodily fluids, usually through unsafe sexual activities. Some STIs may also be transmitted through transfusion of blood and blood products, and contaminated needles and syringes.

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.