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SPECIALTIES & SERVICES

Family and Community Medicine


The Health For Life Clinic (HFLC) is dedicated to helping you enjoy years of healthy life by providing early detection of lifestyle-related diseases, health education and intervention programmes to help you manage chronic diseases better.

Our wide range of comprehensive, evidence-based health screening packages is conducted at our cosy, patient-friendly clinic. For your convenience, we also bring our services on site to the premises of corporate clients and outreach programmes to the community.

Besides screening packages, our dedicated, multidisciplinary team runs intervention programmes such as weight management and chronic disease management programmes. Our clinic connects you to a wide range of medical services, specialist departments and allied healthcare services.



Individual Health Screening

Our doctor-based health screening packages are evidence-based and catered to your specific needs. We are able to advise you on other relevant optional tests where necessary and provide appropriate follow-up care and specialist referral if required.

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Workplace Health Screening

Employee health advocacy is a proven key to controlling health care costs. Regular health screening helps to detect any disease conditions at an early stage, when they may be most treatable. As part of our comprehensive workplace health promotion services, we provide both on-site and clinic-based health screening for your staff.

 Tailored to the unique needs of your organisation, our workplace health programmes are designed to help you achieve higher productivity, efficiency, competitiveness and growth. Our services are complemented by counselling, health education and appropriate wellness programmes.

Click here for more information on our Workplace Health Promotion Programmes

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Pre-employment & other Medical Screening

We offer pre-employment and other medical screenings to assist you in achieving your goal of building a healthy workforce.

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 Travel Medicine and Vaccinations

Our Travel Medicine and Vaccination Clinic provides pre-travel counselling, vaccinations and medications to help you stay healthy during your travels.

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Exercise as Medicine

Although the importance of exercise for good health is well-known, many of us may not have an idea how to cultivate this advantageous habit.

At HFL's gym, we offer exercise consultation, testing and exercise programmes with our physiotherapists, who are themselves lifelong exercisers. We are committed to empowering you with the confidence and knowledge to adopt exercise on your own as part of a holistic approach to health.

Some of our services include:

  • Support for our core programs such as weight management and diabetes management
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle fitness programmes
  • Exercise consultation, assessment and training
  • Formulating different exercise modules for different needs

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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

The prevalence of overweight and obesity is rapidly increasing globally. In Singapore, the latest National Health Survey in 2010 found 40.1% of the population overweight and 10.8% obese. Obesity and overweight are major risk factors for chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s Weight Management Programme, the pioneer weight management programme in Singapore, was established on 29th August 2000 at Alexandra Hospital. Since its inception, the programme has helped more than 6000 patients from Singapore and regional countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Our holistic weight management programme aims to lower obesity associated health risks by helping patients lose their excess body weight and maintain a new healthier body weight. The programme focuses on gradual and sustained weight loss achieved through a multi-disciplinary approach, consisting of diet modification, exercise, behavioural therapy and medications (where indicated).

Some patients who are extremely obese and have undergone numerous unsuccessful weight loss attempts may be offered the option of bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

To date, at least 342 Lapband operations for patients with morbid obesity have been performed. Other bariatric surgical procedures performed include Bioenteric Intra-Gastric Balloon, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies, Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass and Bilio-Pancreatic Bypass.

Our Weight Management Programme is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals consisting of doctors, psychologists, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and it includes:

  • Individual consultations with our doctors
  • Nutrition counselling
  • Behavioural modification therapy
  • Physical activity counselling and exercise prescription

Our initial assessment and tests will identify any other chronic diseases or complications resulting from excessive weight. Referral to the appropriate specialties will be made to treat these co-morbidities and complications if necessary. Patients will be certified by our doctors to be medically and physically fit before they are admitted into our programme.

BARIATRIC SURGERY

The morbidly obese patients often time have difficulty achieving meaningful weight loss by conventional means: i.e. with diet, exercise and behavior modification, with or without the use of medication. It is even more difficult to maintain these weight reductions after they have been achieved. For some, it may be necessary to resort to surgery to achieve the desired goal of meaningful, sustained long term weight reduction.

Bariatric or weight control surgery has been available in Alexandra Hospital since 2000. We have now moved into our new premise at Khoo Teck Paut Hospital and the service has been expanded and improved on. We now offer the following options tailored to individual patient’s unique requirement:

    1. Placing a balloon in the stomach via an endoscope; the Bioenteric Intra-gastric Balloon.

    2. Placing a silicon ring around the upper part of the stomach; the Adjustable Gastric Band.

    3. Making the stomach into a narrow tube; the Sleeve Gastrectomy.

    4. Bypassing part of the stomach; the Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass.

Options 2, 3 and 4 require an operation through small abdominal incisions, utilising the laparoscope. This minimally invasive approach, unlike the older methods of operating via a large abdominal incision; minimises pain, allows early recovery and shorter hospital stay. E.g. the gastric band can be performed as a day procedure.

All patients undergoing bariatric procedures require lifelong follow up and adherence to a regime of healthy eating, exercises and other behavior modification. Up to 80% excess weight loss can be expected.

The hospital runs Singapore LapBandits, a support group for patients who have had surgery and for those considering bariatric or weight loss surgery. Please visit the group's Facebook page here.

 

The Health for Life Centre provides specialist Occupational health care to employees with occupational and work-related problems. Our team of designated workplace doctors (DWD) and our occupational health specialist provide various occupational health services including

  •  Pre-employment, pre-placement and post-retirement medical examinations
  •  Statutory Medical Examinations* required by Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA) and other legislations
  •  Ionizing and non-ionizing radiation license medical examinations
  •  Driving license medical examinations
  •  Audiometry tests
  •  Lung function tests (Spirometry)
  •  Diagnosis and management of occupational and work-related injuries/ illnesses
  •  Fitness for work and fitness to return to work assessment
  •  Sickness absence assessment
  •  Advice on early retirement due to ill health
  •  Medical compensation  

 

 * We are able to screen for the following hazards requiring medical examinations under the Workplace Safety and Health (Medical Examinations) Regulations. Please inform us when you are making an appointment to test for any of these hazards.

  1. Arsenic & its compounds
  2. Asbestos
  3. Benzene
  4. Bitumen
  5. Cadmium & its compounds
  6. Creosote
  7. Excessive noise
  8. Lead & its compounds
  9. Manganese & its compounds
  10. Mercury & its compounds
  11. Organophosphates
  12. Perchloroethylene
  13. Pitch
  14. Raw cotton
  15. Silica
  16. Tar
  17. Trichloroethylene
  18. Vinyl chloride monomer

 

Occupational Ergonomics

Together with the ergonomist from our Rehabilitation department, we are able to:

  •  Manage patients with work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  •  Provide workplace assessment to:
    1. identify specific groups of workers who would benefit from ergonomic intervention to improve their work ability
    2. provide advice on workplace interventions and modifications

 Occupational Health Advisory Services:

For companies and industries needing specific advice on occupational health matters, we are able to provide the following services

  •  Advice on the development of occupational health policies and programs
  •  Compliance with legislation issues
  •  Monitoring and Surveillance of workplace hazards
  •  Respiratory  Protection and Hearing Conservation Programs

 

Preventive care

At KTPH, we are in a position to provide you with both Occupational Health as well as Workplace Health Promotion programmes. Our comprehensive range of Workplace Health Promotion services, all delivered by qualified healthcare professionals, include:

  • Corporate health screening
  • Vaccination and travel health service
  • Talks and workshops on various health topics including a range of occupational health topics
  • Intervention programmes for those with risk factors or certain chronic diseases.

 Click here for more information on our Workplace Health Promotion Programmes

 

Other Occupational Health Services

Please contact us if you wish to enquire more about the following services:

  • Workplace risk assessment
  • Industrial toxicology services (including toxicological testing for suspected excessive occupational exposure to specific toxin or chemicals)
  • On-site workplace based occupational medicine practice
  • Occupational health talks/ training workshops (e.g. prevention of noise-induced hearing loss, office ergonomics, mental stress at work, etc.)


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