History and Milestones
St Luke’s Hospital is named after the patron saint of the medical profession, Saint Luke. St Luke’s Hospital for the Elderly Sick was first registered as a voluntary welfare organisation in the Registry of Societies in October 1991. It was renamed as St Luke’s Hospital in September 2004 to signify the hospital’s growing role as a community hospital while retaining its focus on core expertise – geriatric care. The idea of setting up community hospital was first mooted by a group of Christian doctors and nurses after a report from the Advisory Council on the Aged in 1988 raised concerns about the need for more adequate elderly care facilities in Singapore.
- May – Mr Foong Daw Ching took over the St Luke’s Hospital Chairmanship from Prof Lee Hin Peng.
- January – Introduction of Visiting Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine to enhance the range of services.
- August – Prof Lee Hin Peng, Chairman was awarded the National Day Public Service Star (BBM) award.
- June – Stroke Club@SLH was launched in collaboration with Singapore National Stroke Association.
- June – St Luke’s Hospital launched its Outpatient Services.
- May – Phase 1 redevelopment project was completed. New facility includes an outpatient clinic, X-ray room , dental clinic and financial counseling rooms . Commencement of Phase 2 redevelopment project which includes upgrading of wards and general facilities. Creation of a new lobby area and a rehabilitation mobility training park.
- September – St Luke’s Hospital for the Elderly was renamed St Luke’s Hospital. The change in name signifies the hospital’s role as a community hospital serving a wider range of patients while retaining focus in its core expertise – geriatric care.
- March- First community hospital to host the visit of the first Step Down Care Expert Visitor under the Ministry of Health (MOH) Health Manpower Development Programme. The programme provides the means for overseas expert visitors to share their experiences and help improve healthcare delivery to the elderly in Singapore.
- March – Conducted first Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) training. St Luke’s Hospital, Social Service Training Institute (SSTI) and Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) Inc. jointly organized a Bobath Certificate Course in the Treatment and Management of Adults with Hemiplegia course to help adult stroke victims for the first time in Singapore.
- March – Launched new diabetic eye screening service – Mobile Diabetic Retinal Photography (MDRP) for patients. This is an extension of our existing services intended to provide comprehensive and quality care to our diabetic patients.
- August- Mr Foong Daw Ching, St Luke’s Honorary Treasurer, received the Public Service Medal (PBM) at the National Day Awards.
- August- Massive makeover to make St Luke’s Hospital look better and brighter. This cyclical maintenance renovation project, with 90% funding from the Ministry of Health, has helped to make patients’ stay at the hospital more pleasant and therapeutic.
- July- Ward 34 makeover benefits patients and staff. Toilet and bathroom facilities were upgraded, electrical switch locations were decentralized, beds and lockers were replaced.
- October – The completion of St Luke’s building extension has given patients bigger, brighter and better facilities for therapy. The building extension comprising of the new Multi-Purpose Hall, Inpatient Gymnasium, Day Rehabilitation area, Training Room and Offices cost $1.6 million. Renovation work began in September 2000 and was completed by October 2001. This upgrade would not have been possible if not for the donations received.
- April- St Luke’s and Alexandra Hospital have been zoned together under the Ministry of Health’s Framework for Integrated Health Services of the Elderly.
- September – St Luke’s Hospital embarked on a $1.5 million building extension programme to increase the work area of the rehabilitation gymnasium and day care centre, providing twelve more rooms to meet a growing need for working space.
- July – Launched the first Home Nursing Care Programme, Community Care for the Elderly (CCE) as a seamless, continuous extension of service to the community. This programme hopes to help meet the medical, physical, social and emotional needs of more homebound elderly sick.
- March – Conducted its first Wound Management Course.
- April – First community hospital in Singapore with a full-time speech therapist, allowing for in-house speech therapy for its patients.
- November – Inauguration of Chaplaincy Ministry Training.
- May – Dr Ong Chit Chung, MP for Bukit Batok, officiated at the Ground-breaking Ceremony with more than 200 guests consisting mainly of Christian leaders and individuals.Land Site
A 0.78 hectare piece of land in Bukit Batok was identified for the building of a community hospital and the Ministry of Health pledged its support with a capital grant of up to 80% of the approved project cost, estimated at $13 million. Fund-raising efforts to raise the remaining $3.8 million began in earnest.