National Heart Centre (NHC)

The National Heart Centre (NHC) in Singapore sees about 80,000 outpatients, 76,000 cardiac procedures, 1,700 surgical operations and 9,500 inpatient admissions per year and a consultation takes an average of eight minutes. In addition, NHC receives more than 1,200 new outpatient referral appointments monthly and this number is expected to grow with the nation’s ageing population. NHC is one of the institutions under the Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), the largest public healthcare group in Singapore.

Staff from the general hospital's emergency department work closely with cardiology fellows to provide 24 hour angioplasty services, avoiding the cost of setting up a separate cardiac emergency department. The NHC is currently designated as the national center for heart disease and the only center for heart and lung transplantation. Cardiac valve surgery, particularly valve repair, sometimes combined with cryoablation for atrial fibrillation, has increased as a proportion of all operations. Left ventricular reduction surgery is performed to a limited extent (mainly as part of a multicenter trial), and robotic surgery is at an exploratory stage.

It is dedicated to its mission for proving excellence in Healthcare as the national and regional referral centre for cardiovascular diseases, to serve as a national centre in coordinating cardiac care of the nation; and to take a leading role in cardiovascular research and training, both nationally and internationally. Patients requiring such services are admitted to the inpatient cardiac wards, boosting a total of 186 beds, found at the main Singapore General Hospital blocks.

National Heart Centre (NHC) does 100 to 200 cases of conventional valve repair surgery a year. Patients who cannot have conventional surgery do not have to give up hope; they may come here. The aorta is the largest artery in the human body, originating from the left ventricle of the heart and taking oxygenated blood to all parts of the body. The heart centre sees about eight patients whose aorta splits each year. Those who are aged above 50, smoke have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or abnormally thin artery walls are at risk.

Dedicated to the highest quality of patient care, NHC's multi-disciplinary teams of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff constantly upgrade themselves through continuing education programmes to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the field of medicine. In addition, they also work closely with one another in providing integrated and holistic cardiovascular care to patients.

In 2005 the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National Heart Centre will jointly research and develop cardiovascular technology. The aim is to bring the research to successful commercialization that could mean having better biomedical devices to improve patients' lives.

Contact address of National Heart Centre, Singapore

17 Third Hospital Avenue
Mistri Wing
Singapore 168752
Phone: (65) 6436 7800
Fax: (65) 6227 3562

National Heart Centre is located near 3rd Hospital Avenue, 0.1 kilometer away from Outram Road, 0.2 kilometre away from 2nd Hospital Avenue, 0.2 kilometre away from 1st Hospital Avenue, 0.2 kilometre away from College Road.