26 May 2023
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Behind The Mask: Our Healthcare Story
Clin A/Prof Gerald Chua, Chairman, Medical Board, NTFGH, stated that administrative staff volunteered to work alongside the healthcare team to care for foreign workers during the dormitory operations.
(Is taking long-term medication for hypothyroidism harmful to the body?)
Dr Chan Soo Ling, Consultant, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, NTFGH, shared that higher doses of levothyroxine are required for thyroid cancer patients as suppressive therapy. This may increase the risk of osteoporosis, especially in menopausal women. Therefore, thyroid cancer patients should exercise more, get moderate sun exposure, and consume more calcium-rich foods.
Dr Chan Soo Ling, Consultant, Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, NTFGH, explained whether triglycerides are related to lipid turnover rate, the ways to combat the problem of decreased lipid turnover, as well as how to prevent rebound after weight loss.
Number of people receiving community palliative care in Singapore up 30% since 2017
The number of people receiving community palliative care has increased by 30% in the past five years, with approximately 8,800 terminally ill individuals receiving such care in 2022. MP Ng Ling Ling suggested that in line with the Healthier SG initiative, programmes like NTFGH’s IAmGoingHome, can be centralised across public and private hospitals and hospices, including family doctors.
Behind The Mask: Our Healthcare Story – Episode 2
Clin A/Prof Gerald Chua, Chairman, Medical Board, NTFGH, shared that administrative staff volunteered to work do simple tasks in the wards during the Delta wave in 2021. This helped to lighten the load placed on our frontliners.
More seniors in Singapore undergo major surgery as population ages
Dr Kevin Yik, Head of Division & Consultant, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma and Consultant, Division of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NTFGH, stated that while the mortality rate at one year after a hip fracture is upwards of 25 per cent for seniors, this is reduced to under 10 per cent with surgery.