For the fourth time in five years, a KKH nurse receives the prestigious President’s Award for Nurses. Lactation consultant Cynthia Pang, whose name is synonymous with breastfeeding in Singapore, received her award for her dedication and significant contribution to increasing the nation’s breastfeeding rate.
Doctors at KKH come up with a new technique, Combined Spinal Epidural Anaesthesia, a 'mobile' epidural analgesia. This new method of pain relief allows a woman in labour full mobility and consciousness while easing her pain.
First under-500 g baby to survive for four months outside the mother’s womb in Singapore is well enough to leave for home from KKH.
First Laparoscopic Tubal Reanastomosis in Singapore is carried out. The minimally invasive procedure rejoins the severed fallopian tubes, reversing sterilisation.
KKH's Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine is recognised by both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Radiologists for training in obstetric ultrasonography. This makes it one of the first two centres outside the United Kingdom to be awarded such recognition.
Singapore witnesses the first intrauterine blood transfusion for a baby while it is still in its mother’s womb. The baby was anaemic due to Rh disease.
KKH performs Singapore’s first Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH).
First woman in Singapore who went on a luteinizing hormone pump programme (LHRH) delivers a baby girl at KKH.
Asia’s first Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT) baby is born at KKH.
Asia’s first in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) or test tube baby is delivered at KKH.
Work on trophoblastic disease at KKH is awarded the coveted Blair Bell Lectureship and the Edgar Gentilli Prize of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). World attention turns yet again to KKH and Singapore.
Worldwide recognition is accorded to the Paediatric Unit’s Prof Wong Hock Boon and Dr WR Brown, a Research Associate of the Hooper Foundation, after they completed their work on kernicterus in Singapore. As a result of this work, all newborns in Singapore are now screened for Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
The world’s first clinical trials on lung surfactant drug in neonates with respiratory distress syndrome were conducted at KKH in Singapore, and in Canada.
KKH earns accreditation from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). For the first time, aspiring gynaecologists no longer have to do their training in the United Kingdom but could do it entirely in Singapore.
Singapore's first conjoined twins (Karen and Kate) were born at KK Hospital and successfully separated at Singapore General Hospital.
Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares pioneers a new technique for construction of the vagina for women born without it and successfully achieving pregnancies.
Inception of KKH as a free maternity hospital with 30 beds.
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