SINGAPORE: A mini-hospital in The Academia - designed to give medical, nursing and allied health staff hands-on training - has been set up at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) campus.
The facility, which houses SGH's pathology services as well as research laboratories and education facilities, will open its doors on July 20.
The simulated working environment has an operating theatre, intensive care unit and specialist outpatient clinics.
There are also training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, bedside resuscitation and proper drip care for patients.
The mini hospital will be the base for education and training institutions such as the SGH Division of Surgery, Institute for Medical Simulation and Education and SingHealth Alice Lee Institute of Advanced Nursing.
Trainee surgeons and students will undergo surgical training at a wet skills laboratory.
Division of Surgery Chairman at SGH, Professor London Lucien Ooi, elaborated.
"In surgery, we learn procedure, how to do step one step two, how to cut, how to clip. We can run as many as 48 tables at one go. In the past, it would be six tables max. Most centres anywhere in the world would be between six to eight max so 48 is a tremendous number to increase by. We hope that with the number of tables, we can do more training for more people not just for Singapore but for the region."
Trainee doctors at the facility will also get the opportunity to get their hands on a range of equipment that actually simulates a real hospital setting.
One of them includes a machine where trainee doctors can learn more about the endoscopy procedure and better understand a patient's colon, lungs and stomach.
Also, the histopathology department contains sophisticated and innovative equipment.
Dr Rafay Azhar, senior consultant at the Pathology Department of Singapore General Hospital, said: "One of the good things about digital pathology is that you can collaborate with external parties if there is a difficult case and you want an answer right away. You can actually send the images in real time and the other person at the other end can give an opinion, so that does have an impact on patient care and saves a lot of time."
The facility also boasts the largest clinical biochemistry lab in Singapore.
The lab integrates automated analytical processes and cutting edge technology to offer test results for patients after collecting their blood or urine samples.
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