History of Palliative Care Organisations and Services

July 2020

 


Alexandra Hospital, Palliative Care Centre for Excellence
in Research and Education (PalC), Sengkang General Hospital & Singapore General Hospital were admitted as the 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th member of Singapore Hospice Council respectively.

July 2020

April 2020

 

 

SingHealth Community Hospitals now oversees the management of Bright Vision Hospital, Sengkang Community Hospital and the new Outram Community Hospital.

April 2020

Oct 2019

Dover Park Hospice opens its free day care service.

Oct 2019

May 2019


Tsao Foundation, Tzu Chi Foundation & Woodlands Health Campus were admitted as the 18th, 19th & 20th member of Singapore Hospice Council respectively.

May 2019

October 2018

The Inaugural Grief & Bereavement Conference 2018 was held on 29 Oct – 2 Nov 2018 with the launch of two books, “Caring for Yourself and Others After a Death” and “When a Death Occurs – A Guide to Practical Matters”.

October 2018

August 2017

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St Luke’s Hospital was admitted as the 17th member of Singapore Hospice Council.

August 2017

July 2017

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Singapore hosted the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2017 with the theme, “Greater than the Sum of Its Parts”. 1,699 delegates from 27 different countries participated.

SHC’s book, “The Singapore Hospice & Palliative Care Story – The Movement That Refused to Die”, was launched at APHC 2017.

July 2017

November 2016

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Ng Teng Fong General Hospital was admitted as the 16th member of Singapore Hospice Council.

November 2016

June 2016

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iCare (Integreated Care for Advanced REspiratory disorders) Programme is a collaboration between TTSH and Ren Ci Community Hospital for advanced lung disease patients.

June 2016

December 2015

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Yishun Community Hospital partnered with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital to provide subacute palliative care services.

December 2015

August 2015

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St Andrew’s Community Hospital was admitted as the 15th member of Singapore Hospice Council.

August 2015

July 2015

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St Andrew’s Community Hospital opened the first subacute palliative care ward in a community hospital.
July 2015

January 2015

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Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital started accepting palliative care patients to its wards.

January 2015

October 2014

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Programme DIGNITY is a collaboration between DPH and TTSH to provide palliative home care for patients with advanced dementia.

October 2014

January 2014

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The National Guidelines for Palliative Care was adopted by the Ministry of Health and its implementation was left to the Singapore Hospice Council.
January 2014

September 2012

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Changi General Hospital commenced inpatient consultative and outpatient palliative care services.

September 2012

April 2012

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Specialist Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing is offered. A tripartite between NCCS, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and DPH. Star PALS (Paediatric Advance Life Support) is a paediatric palliative care programme by HCA Hospice Care.
April 2012

January 2012

Dover Park Hospice introduced home hospice care as part of an integrated care system with Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

January 2012

October 2011

October 2011

October 2010

Jurong General Hospital* established consultative inpatient palliative care service.

*Renamed Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in March 2011

Hua Mei Mobile Clinic started palliative care services for elderly patients with end-stage organ failure.

October 2010

September 2009

Project CARE (Care At the end-of-life for Residents in Elderly Homes) started by TTSH to provide Advance Care Planning and palliative care to nursing home patients.

September 2009

October 2008

Lien Centre for Palliative Care was formed, focusing on palliative care research and education.

October 2008

August 2008

National University Hospital started a palliative care service for cancer patients and all major specialties including paediatrics.

 
August 2008

July 2008

Parkway Cancer Centre Palliative Care Service is the first private palliative care service provider.

July 2008

May 2008

National Healthcare Group – Advanced Care Programme* started hospice home care for end-stage organ failure patients.

*Renamed AIC (Agency for Integrated Care) HOME (HOlistic care for MEdically advanced patients) Programme in 2011

May 2008

January 2007

Palliative medicine enters mainstream medicine as it is recognised as a sub-specialty in Singapore.  Doctors hoping to specialise in palliative medicine will have a career training pathway. Dr Mervyn Koh and Dr Allyn Hum were the first 2 trainees in the local training system.

 
January 2007

January 2004

The first Singapore Palliative Care Conference (SPCC) was organised by the Education Committee of Singapore Hospice Council.

January 2004

June 2002

Bright Vision Hospital opened 32 inpatient hospice beds.

June 2002

January 2002

Palliative Care in the NUS Undergraduate Medical Curriculum was set up.

January 2002

June 2001

Alexandra Hospital* started consultative inpatient palliative care service.

*Later renamed Khoo Teck Puat Hospice (KTPH) in November 2010

June 2001

June 2000

Metta Hospice Care, a home hospice service, started to provide palliative care service to patients in the eastern part of Singapore.

June 2000

May 1999

National Cancer Centre Singapore established the first standalone Department of Palliative Medicine.

May 1999

January 1997

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital* started acute hospital palliative care service for women with gynaecological diseases.

*Expanded to paediatric inpatient palliative care in September 2004

January 1997

October 1996

Tan Tock Seng Hospital* (TTSH) is the first hospital-based palliative care service.

*Became a full department in November 2008

October 1996

February 1996

Singapore hosted the second Hospice and Palliative Care Conference* which was attended by Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement.

* subsequently renamed as Asia Pacific Hospice Conference.

February 1996

December 1995

Hospice Care Association opened its Day Care Centre at 12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng.

December 1995

September 1995

Dover Park Hospice (DPH) is the first purpose-built inpatient hospice with 40 beds.

September 1995

May 1995

Singapore Hospice Council was registered with four founding members: Catholic Welfare Services, Singapore Cancer Society, Hospice Care Association, and Dover Park Hospice.

May 1995

August 1993

Assisi Home and Hospice* started the first Hospice Day Care Centre.

*Renamed Assisi Hospice in 2007

August 1993

January 1990

Methodist Hospice Fellowship* started as a home-based hospice service run by volunteers. 
 
*It was renamed Agape Methodist Hospice in October 2008, staffed by a professional medical and nursing team.
 
*In November 2017, it was renamed MWS Home Hospice.
 
*MWS Home Hospice and MWS Home Care were integrated and renamed MWS Home Care & Home Hospice in October 2019. As part of MWS’ aim to provide seamless care through an integrated network, the MWS Home Care team also supports seniors from MWS Senior Activity Centres to age in place.

Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) continues to provide hospice home care (known as SCS Home Care).

January 1990

December 1989

HCG left the wing of Singapore Cancer Society and became the independent Hospice Care Association (HCA)*.

*Renamed HCA Hospice Care in 2005

December 1989

October 1989

Singapore organised the first regional hospice conference attended by 250 participants from 10 countries.

October 1989

March 1989

Assisi Home* started by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood to care for the terminally ill patients.

*Renamed Assisi Home and Hospice in 1992

March 1989

March 1987

Hospice Care Group (HCG) was the first hospice home care service housed under Singapore Cancer Society.

March 1987

July 1986

A Straits Times article, A Place to Die Peacefully, described about the work at St Joseph’s Home. 144 people responded after reading the article. From this group, the first volunteer home hospice care group was birthed.

July 1986

January 1985

St Joseph’s Home is the first palliative care service in Singapore with 16 inpatient hospice beds.

January 1985
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