On 4 November 2014, the new National Centre of Infectious Diseases (NCID) held a groundbreaking ceremony presided over by Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong as Guest-of-Honour.
The NCID will improve Singapore's response to disease outbreaks, having features including a screening centre as well as ward cubicles that can be turned into isolation rooms.
NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson, LKCMedicine Dean Professor James Best, Executive Vice-Dean for Administration Professor Lionel Lee and several staff attended the event.
Benchmarked to international standards and best practices for treatment and safety, the 330-bed healthcare facility will integrate the clinical management of infectious diseases with public health surveillance and diagnosis. It will include isolation and cohort wards as well as negative pressure rooms to contain airborne, droplet and contact-spread diseases. Designed to be self-contained, the new building will be connected to the main TTSH building to tap the resources from the general hospital.
In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Laboratory and the National Public Health Unit, the NCID is set to emerge as a Centre of Excellence for clinical care, surveillance, training and research in infectious diseases and become a regional centre of reference.
Professor Leo Yee Sin, Director, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, TTSH, and an honorary professor at LKCMedcine, said, "As a leader in the clinical management of infectious diseases, the NCID will not only relieve the stress on our current healthcare systems but also enable us to respond and combat the crippling effects of such diseases effectively".
The NCID is a further boost to research efforts into emerging infectious diseases that the School and hospital are already collaborating on.
The new NCID building as well as LKCMedicine's Novena Campus are part of HealthCity Novena and the official launch marks yet another step in meeting the nation's healthcare needs.