The Department of Anaesthesia comprises a team of dedicated doctors whose primary role is to provide safe and pain-free anaesthesia for patients undergoing surgery. In recent years their roles have expanded beyond the operating theatres to include the intensive care unit and pain clinic.
Range of Services
Anyone coming for a procedure will be concern about feeling pain and discomfort. While some procedures can be pain free, most can be "pain-less". Our department is part of a team caring for patients to ensure that they have the best care with the least discomfort.
Our role starts the moment a patient is scheduled for a procedure. A staff member will carry out a preoperative assessment usually on the same day. Any investigations required will also be done at the same time e.g. hematology, biochemistry, ECG, X rays. All of this can be done in our one-stop anaesthetic clinic located at Clinic C32. Patients do not need to wait for their results. They only need to come back for another review if there are any queries.
The majority of our patients will only be admitted to our hospital on the day of the procedure. After a quick registration, the patients will be reviewed again by a staff member to ensure fitness for the procedure and a discussion will be held to decide on the best mode of anaesthesia (local, regional or general) and how pain and discomfort can be managed. This can be achieved using analgesics (oral, parenteral or patient controlled analgesia) in combination with local or regional nerve blocks. The majority of regional blocks performed in our hospital are done under ultrasound guidance. This provides more precision and thus a higher success rate. For some patients, we will also insert a catheter to allow continuous infusion of local anaesthetic to extend pain relief well into the post-op period to aid rehabilitation.
Some patients get cold, nauseous or have a “hangover” after the procedure. Our care involves reducing these discomforts through use of warming devices, short acting anaesthetic agents and prophylaxis like ondansetron.
Regional anaesthesia has gained popularity in recent times due to proven improved perioperative outcomes. With the established benefits of regional anaesthesia, there is a need for training in this technique to promote competence, improve operator confidence and augment patient safety.
The Department of Anaesthesia is dedicated to the promotion and use of regional anaesthesia and has an experienced and enthusiastic faculty. It has supported and contributed vastly to the learning experience of trainees, basic and advanced, local and overseas. The department also has experience in conducting several workshops in the advancement of ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia.
The fellowship is designed to gain expertise in technical and non- technical skills of regional anaesthesia. The duration of the fellowship can be 6 to 12 months.
Fellows are required to have completed their basic medical degree and post graduate training in Anaesthesia in their home country before applying for the fellowship. Prior experience in performance of nerve blocks is expected.
Interested applicants are required to submit their current CV and 2 testimonials with a cover letter stating their reasons for applying for the fellowship.
Applications can be made to:
Dr. Low Tut Choon
Please copy your application to Ms Jennifer Mong at firstname.lastname@example.org