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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 disorders Interstitial 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


What is respiratory medicine?

Respiratory medicine deals with the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases of the airway and lungs, their linings and blood vessels, and the muscles and nerves we use to breathe. The majority of respiratory doctors and physicians are trained in general internal medicine (GIM) as well as respiratory medicine, ensuring that the medical care and treatment they provide is thorough and holistic.

Are pulmonary function tests painful?

No, there should be no pain associated with the pulmonary function tests. It is possible that you may experience some shortness of breath, chest discomfort, lightheadedness, or headache during some of the tests but you will be monitored closely by experienced staff and the test can be stopped if you are uncomfortable.

What are the risk factors for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD is a chronic lung disease that is strongly linked to cigarette smoking. Additional risk factors for COPD include exposure to second-hand smoke and air pollutants (air pollution, chemical fumes or dust), genetics/family history and advancing age.

How can I find a specific respiratory doctor at SKH?

When it comes to your respiratory health, having the right physician is crucial. Sengkang General Hospital offers an array of respiratory specialists and doctors who work in collaboration with other medical professionals across SKH, and we have an easy way to find a particular respiratory doctor you might be searching for. Click here.

Where is the respiratory medicine department located?

SKH’s Respiratory Medicine Department is led by a team of physicians and specialists who are well-trained and ready to provide you with a comprehensive and high level of respiratory treatments. Our Respiratory Medicine Department is located on floor 4D of our Medical Centre at Sengkang General Hospital, and our operating hours can be found here:

Our Care Team

Sengkang General Hospital provides patients experiencing respiratory issues with an experienced and varied team of respiratory doctors and specialists who are passionate about delivering holistic medical care that is tailored to your individual needs. Our respiratory doctors and pulmonary and critical care physicians provide a vast range of treatments and clinical programmes that are aimed at optimising our patient’s health and recovery. If you or your loved one need a diagnosis, treatment or second opinion, please make an appointment with us here. You may wish to get a referral letter from your GP or your physician at the polyclinic.