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Quarantine ends for 18 people who came into close contact with monkeypox patient: MOH, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The quarantine period has ended for 18 people who came into close contact with a Nigerian man infected with monkeypox. The remaining four are expected to be released in the coming week after 21 days of quarantine if they continue to show no symptoms, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (May 21). It added that the last person is scheduled to complete the quarantine on May 28. The victim, however, is still hospitalised at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) where he is believed to…

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Hospital patient dies after being given regular meals instead of soft diet, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The coroner has expressed concern that advice given by a dentist for his patient to be given a soft meal diet was not heeded immediately. Instead, 67-year-old Simon Lee, who was warded at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and in a vulnerable state, was given meals based on a regular diet after he had three of his teeth extracted on Jan 16 last year. After a meal based on a regular diet a day later, a nurse heard him coughing vigorously before he became unconscious. Mr Lee,…

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TCM practitioner suspended after treatments caused patient to lose part of leg, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner has been suspended for three years and fined $5,000 after his treatments caused a diabetic patient to subsequently lose part of his left leg to amputation. Mr Lee Miing Chong treated the 59-year-old patient on two occasions in 2015 for poor sensation in both feet, the TCM Practitioners Board said in a statement on Wednesday (March 13). On Jan 3 that year, Mr Lee used heat lamp therapy on the soles of the patient. However, after the treatment, blisters developed and burst…

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Diabetes patient lost part of scrotum to gangrene due to doctor’s negligence, Singapore News

A diabetes patient who had a fever and a painful lump in his buttock ended up losing part of his scrotum to gangrene because the company doctor did not examine him and refer him to a hospital for treatment. On Wednesday, Dr Mohd Syamsul Alam Ismail was suspended for 2½ years and fined $40,000 for professional misconduct. The punishment was handed down by the Court of Three Judges after the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) appealed against the original three-month suspension imposed by a disciplinary tribunal. Dr Syamsul, a Malaysian currently…

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Doctor cleared of raping patient but convicted of sexual assault for inserting fingers into victim, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – General practitioner Wee Teong Boo, 67, was cleared on Monday (Feb 25) of raping a patient in December 2015 after the High Court accepted medical evidence that the doctor was suffering from erectile dysfunction at the time. Reasonable doubt has been raised as to whether penile penetration could have taken place as alleged, said Justice Chua Lee Ming. Instead, the judge convicted Wee of a charge of sexual assault by penetration – based on the GP’s own admission that he had inserted his ungloved fingers into the victim,…

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Fed leaves rates unchanged, will be ‘patient’ on future hikes

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady on Wednesday but said it would be patient in lifting borrowing costs further this year as it pointed to rising uncertainty about the US economic outlook. While the Fed said continued US economic and job growth were still “the most likely outcomes”, it removed language from its December policy statement that risks to the outlook were “roughly balanced” and struck language that projected “some further” rate hikes would be appropriate in 2019. In a separate release from its policy statement, the US central…

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Cancer patient who had engagement ceremony at Mount Elizabeth Hospital dies, before January marriage plans, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Their engagement ceremony at Mount Elizabeth Hospital two weeks ago touched thousands online, and he wanted to register their marriage in January. But, he did not make it. Mr Pang Ming Kwong, who had terminal lung cancer, died at 1.21am on Friday (Dec 28), friends said. He was 58. When contacted by The Straits Times, Dr Noel Yeo, CEO of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, expressed his deepest condolences. The hospital said it would not be commenting further out of respect for the family’s wishes. Fiancee Koh Soh Kuan and…

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SGH patient accidentally given an overdose of anaesthetic 10 times the prescribed dose, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – An elderly patient warded at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) was accidentally given 10 times the anaesthetic prescribed, but this did not appear to have directly contributed to her death, said a coroner. On Wednesday (Dec 19), an inquiry into the death of Madam Chow Fong Heng, 86, revealed that she was supposed to be given 4.17ml of intravenous lignocaine per hour. But a staff nurse, identified only as Staff Nurse C in court documents, mistakenly keyed in “41.7” into the IV Smart Pump used to infuse lignocaine…

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Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon: Doctor and patient come out tops among locals, Singapore News

Doctor sat next to patient at the post-Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SCSM) press conference on Sunday (Dec 9). But the physician was not there to offer medical support. Rather, Lim Baoying was receiving acclaim for being the top local woman finisher at the SCSM. The 36-year-old was a surprise winner, clocking 3hr 16min 36sec, ahead of 2017’s top local woman Rachel See (3:18:36) and Hu Xiuying (3:18:57). Lim had run the SCSM almost every year since 2006, and her previous best finish was fifth last year. The resident physician at…

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Hospital patient died after food got stuck in his throat, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A hospital patient served watermelon as part of his dinner died after pieces of the fruit got stuck in his throat. After Mr Kline George Verney, 65, was found unconscious in his bed in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), a staff nurse managed to expel three pieces of watermelon, about 3cm long and 1.5cm thick, from his throat. A doctor later found more watermelon and grains of rice between Mr Verney’s vocal cords. Three more pieces were removed with a pair of forceps. Last Friday (Nov 30), State…

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