The SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre comprises all the transplant programmes within SingHealth, under one roof. Consisting of multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, the centre provides integrated care for patients.
The SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre was established in 2010, comprising all the transplant programmes within the SingHealth cluster under one roof.
The Transplant Centre consists of transplant physicians, psychologists, medical social workers, transplant coordinators, administrators, pharmacists and nutritionists coming together as healthcare professionals dedicated to the art and science of transplantation. This is a centre where the entry requirements are a passion and love for the practice of transplantation to benefit our patients.
ABOUT THE TRANSPLANT CENTRE
As part of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical
Centre, the Transplant Centre is now home to clinical
research and expertise in transplant, with research
and education capabilities to develop novel and
educational activities for our programmes. In addition,
it is also a strong advocate for organ donation.
The ‘under one roof’ philosophy has allowed us to
relentlessly pursue the improvement of the quality of
our programmes, as well as the survival rate and long-term
outcomes. More importantly, it has allowed us to
learn from each other and respond to the changing
needs in transplantation.
United under the umbrella of the Transplant Centre,
our transplant programmes were able to respond
to the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely and robust
manner, allowing us to continue organ donation and
transplantation safely for our patients.
ENHANCING CLINICAL SERVICES, QUALITY AND SAFETY
Since its inception, 12,884 transplants have been
performed, giving new life and new hope to
patients and families. In 2020, 445 transplants were
performed and 15 deceased donor organ transplants
were made possible by the gifts from eight donors.
Transplant care management is highly complex,
involving clinical practitioners from multiple
disciplines and diverse patient profiles. Leveraging
the rapid development of data infrastructure,
machine-learning modelling and the rich patient-level
data repository in electronic medical records,
we have launched a patient-centric transplant quality improvement initiative.
Data quality metric surveillance is applied to ensure
accuracy in the patient journey by data mapping.
This has been a result of the adoption of advanced
data analytics to extract insights into potential
interventions for improvement from our complex
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
The SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre
has launched numerous research projects to
enhance and expand our transplant services,
research and talent pool. These research projects
have provided answers to the unknown – filling gaps
in knowledge and changing the way healthcare
Examples of our efforts to push the frontiers of
transplantation in Singapore include strategies
for developing immune tolerance and a novel
multivisceral research project.
EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT
Education and engagement involves transplant
healthcare workers, patients and the public.
The Transplant Centre actively engages healthcare
professionals and communities through educational
activities including symposiums and educational
seminars/workshops, both locally and regionally, to
increase knowledge and awareness about transplant donation and advances in organ transplantation.
Informational videos and social media are some
platforms used to reach out to our stakeholders. We also provide learning opportunities and educational
resources to transplant healthcare professionals
for training, as well as for those seeking continuing
Transplant outreach is a critical element to us.
We strive to improve patient access for transplant
information through community education,
individualised information about treatment options
and building strong relationships with community