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Neuroscience

Location
Sengkang General Hospital
Medical Centre, Level 5

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm

Contact Details
To make an appointment, please contact 6930-6000
or Email: appointments@skh.com.sg
(for appointment requests only).



Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) and the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) have collaborated to bring neuroscience services closer to patients living with brain, spine and nerve conditions in north-eastern Singapore.

Comprising a strong multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons and nurse clinicians, the NNI team at SKH offers a comprehensive range of services to treat, advise and support patients with neurological conditions.


Our Services

NNI specialists at SKH treat the following conditions:

Neurology

Neurosurgery

  • Aneurysm, a bulge or ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain
  • Arteriovenous malformations, an abnormal 'tangle' of blood vessels
  • Brain tumours
  • Hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain
  • Intracranial Haemorrhage, where bleeding occurs in the skull
  • Spine Surgeries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Neurosurgery team also provides 24/7 coverage for neurosurgical emergencies, such as head and spine injuries caused by industrial and traffic accidents.

Providing comprehensive care

Dementia, stroke, spine disorders and other neurological conditions can greatly affect patients’ mobility, independence and quality of life. Healthcare teams across the hospital work collaboratively and across specialties to develop treatment plans to best meet each patient’s needs. These can include:
  • Prescribing appropriate medication
  • Neuroradiology services, e.g. CT and MRI scans
  • Therapy, e.g. speech therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy
  • Advance care planning and palliative care

Seeing our specialists

Referrals are accepted from polyclinics, general practitioners and private hospitals. For a private consultation with a neurologist or neurosurgeon at SKH, please call us at 6930-6000 or email: appointments@skh.com.sg (for appointment requests only). Once you have spoken to one of our friendly staff, we will guide you through the next steps to see one of our neurologists or neurosurgeons.  

About the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI)

The National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) is the national and regional specialist centre for conditions of the brain, spine, nerves and muscles. NNI offers treatment for over 20 subspecialties, including stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, brain tumours and brain injury. NNI specialists are based at six hospitals across Singapore.


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FAQs

What are some common reasons for seeing a neurologist or neurosurgeon?

Symptoms that may require referral to a neurologist or neurosurgeon include chronic or severe headaches, memory problems, seizures and back pain. However, the brain, nervous system and spine also control movement, so patients with hand tremors, walking difficulties and pain or numbness in the legs may also be referred to the Neuroscience Clinic.

I suffer from back pain, should I see a neurosurgeon?

Lower back pain is common and can often be treated at home with a hot or cold compress and pain killers that can be bought in pharmacies. However, one in 10 cases are more serious and should be seen by a doctor. Click here to read an article by Dr Colum Nolan, Head of Neurosurgery, SKH and Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, NNI, on when you should see a doctor for back pain.

Why at type of tests do neuroscience patients need?

One of the challenges of brain conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and brain tumours is there is currently no diagnostic blood test. Therefore, your specialist will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and may need to order several tests to determine what is causing your health problems and to treat and monitor your condition. These could range from physical examinations to specialised ultrasound and MRI scans.  

How do neurological conditions affect patients’ lives?

Brain, nerve and spine conditions can present in different ways and at different times in people’s lives, for example:
 

Our Care Team

Our neurology care team at Sengkang General Hospital (SKH) works in collaboration with the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) to bring neurosurgery and neuroscience services to Singaporeans who are closer to SKH. Equipped with a robust team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, healthcare professionals and nurse clinicians, the NNI unit at SKH offers a wide range of individualised, comprehensive and quality neuroscience services.
 

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