Changi General Hospital

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Changi General Hospital
Location2 Simei Street 3, Singapore 529889, Singapore
Coordinates1°20′26.0″N 103°56′57.0″E / 1.340556°N 103.949167°E / 1.340556; 103.949167Coordinates: 1°20′26.0″N 103°56′57.0″E / 1.340556°N 103.949167°E / 1.340556; 103.949167
Hospital typeDistrict General
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
Beds1000 [1]
Founded28 March 1998; 21 years ago (1998-03-28)
ListsHospitals in Singapore

Changi General Hospital (Abbreviation: CGH) is a 1000-bed hospital located in Simei, eastern Singapore. It is Singapore's first purpose-built general hospital to serve communities in the east and north-east regions.

The hospital has a comprehensive range of more than 23 medical services, from general surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, ENT to orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. It houses six specialist centres – Breast Centre, Changi Sports Medicine Centre, Diabetes Centre, Geriatric Centre, Integrated Sleep Service and Medical Centre for International Travellers.

The hospital is JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited.


On 15 February 1997, the Old Changi Hospital merged with Toa Payoh Hospital to form New Changi Hospital and began to move into the present premises. The hospital was declared officially opened on 28 March 1998 by then Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Under Singapore's public healthcare restructuring, the hospital became part of the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) cluster in 2000.[2]

Over the years, the hospital expanded its clinical services to include Sports Medicine, Dermatology, Psychological Medicine, Rheumatology and Neurosurgery, and introduced specialist centres to meet the healthcare needs of the population.

On 11 April 2005, the Changi General Hospital became the first acute care hospital to integrate care with a community hospital, St. Andrew's Community Hospital. Both hospitals are connected by a sheltered link bridge to facilitate the transfer of care for patients. On 11 June 2005, the hospital was the second hospital in Singapore to receive the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. It was the first hospital to have a JCI accreditation for its Heart Failure Programme and Acute Myocardial Infarction Programme.

To build on its expertise in sports medicine and create capacity for more sports specialists, the hospital acquired Singapore Sports Medicine Centre on 1 November 2010.

On 1 April 2011, the hospital became legally independent of SingHealth.

On 18 November 2011, the hospital became a founding member of the Eastern Health Alliance. The Eastern Health Alliance was officially launched on 18 November 2011 by founding members Changi General Hospital, St. Andrew's Community Hospital, SingHealth Polyclinics and The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home.[3] Its stated intention was to more closely coordinate the provision of healthcare services in the East.[4]

In 2017, the Eastern Health Alliance merged with SingHealth and the hospital returned to the governance of SingHealth.

Medical and clinical support services[edit]

Medical services

Clinical support services

  • Clinical Measurement Unit
  • Dietetic & Food Services
  • Laboratory Service
  • Medical Social Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiography
  • Rehabilitative Services

Major milestones[edit]

  • 1996: The hospital opened its doors as New Changi Hospital on 18 December.
  • 1998: The Changi General Hospital was officially opened by then Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 28 March.
  • 1999: Launched Skills for Life programmes to help patients and their caregivers cope with their illness.
  • 2000: Launched new clinical services: sports medicine, dermatology, psychological medicine, rheumatology and neurosurgery.
  • 2001: Launched the online pharmacy on 17 July to provide 24-hour access for patients and public to purchase homecare and retail medical supplies.
  • 2002: Launched a charity fund HomeCare Assist to help needy ill or bedridden patients when they are discharged from the hospital.
  • 2003: Opened the Endoscopy Centre, Changi Sports Medicine Centre, and Clinical Trials and Research Unit.
  • 2004: Opened the Geriatric Centre on 19 July to offer one-stop convenience to elderly patients, and the Sleep Lab a week later.
  • 2005: Opened a sky bridge connecting to St. Andrew's Community Hospital on 15 April. Also became the second hospital in Singapore to receive the Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation.
  • 2006: Launched the Singapore Sports Medicine Centre on 1 September to cater to patients who prefer to seek consultation at a more central location.
  • 2007: Received the JCI Disease-Specific Care certification for both its Heart Failure Programme and Acute Myocardial Infarction Programme on 19 April. The Division of Psychological Medicine launched the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Singapore in partnership with MHFA Australia on 13 December to raise mental health awareness and literacy in Singapore.
  • 2008: Launched, Singapore's first online weight management programme on 5 September.
  • 2009: CGH doctors Dr Kelvin Chew and Dr Lim Kay Kiat led an all-Singaporean medical team in the Singapore Grand Prix.
  • 2010: Opened its Renal Dialysis Unit to patients on 9 February. Started the Medical Therapy Management programme in March to help patients manage their medication regime. First hospital to use drug-eluting balloons to improve blood supply in limbs and reduce the risk of amputation for diabetic patients.
  • 2011: On 18 November, became a founding member of the Eastern Health Alliance, a regional health system to make healthcare more integrated and hassle-free for the people of eastern Singapore.
  • 2017: Eastern Health Alliance merged with SingHealth, bringing Changi General Hospital under SingHealth once more.
  • 2018: Found negligent by Courts of Singapore for delay in detecting a patient's cancer. The delay in diagnosis allowed the aggressive lung cancer to progress to stage 2A, involving a lymph node. Judges noted that there were serious inadequacies in CGH's system to ensure proper follow-up of patients.[5]


  1. ^ "Hospital Overview". Changi General Hospital. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Merger with Toa Payoh Hospital". Changi General Hospital. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ Yong, Gan Kim (18 November 2011). "Speech by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, at the Official Launch of the Eastern Health Alliance, Friday, 18 November 2011, 10.30am". MOH Media. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  4. ^ Khalik, Salma. "New alliance boosts quality of health care in the east". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Changi General Hospital's negligence caused delay in lung cancer patient's diagnosis: Apex court". TODAYonline.

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