Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), established in 1844, is the second largest acute care general hospital in Singapore, with specialty centres in Rehabilitation Medicine and Communicable Diseases.

Named after its founder, Mr Tan Tock Seng, a Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, the hospital is a member of the National Healthcare Group and continues to provide high quality holistic health care services to the people of Singapore and International patients from around the world. After three major moves in its long and distinguished history, the hospital now provides most of its services in one modern complex, comprising the Hospital Block, the TTSH Medical Centre and the Podium Block. The 1,200-bed hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and medical equipment, as well as the latest communication and information technology tools.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital champions the development of Geriatric Medicine, Infectious Disease Management, Re-habilitation Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology in Singapore.

It is also a major referral centre for Geriatric Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gastroenterology, Otorhino-laryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) and Orthopaedic Surgery.

The hospital came into the international spotlight when it was designated by the Ministry of Health, as the sole treatment centre for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic which struck the country in 2003.

The Hospital Complex

Completed in 1999, the complex is specially designed to provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services under one roof. Most services are provided in the modern complex, comprising the Hospital Block, the TTSH Medical Centre and the Podium Block. On average, specialist clinics receive 1,500 patients daily, while the Emergency Department attends to a daily 400, making it Singapore’s busiest emergency department.

Communicable Disease Centre (CDC)

The Communicable Disease Centre is the national referral centre for the diagnosis and management of communicable diseases that include HIV and SARS. The CDC is made up of 2 campuses, equipped with inpatient and outpatient facilities to handle disease outbreak as well as laboratory facilities to conduct research for better disease management and patient care.

The heritage museum

The Tan Tock Seng Hospital Heritage Museum opened its doors on 25 July 2001. Features a collection of items from the mid-1800s.

In particular, hospital’s pioneering role in the treatment of tuberculosis (1940s) and its monumental leadership in the fight against SARS – are presented through narrative displays, salvaged historical objects and a time capsule.


  • Computerized physician order entry (CPOE)
  • Joint Commission International(JCI)
  • Singapore Quality Class (SQC)
  • People Developer Standard (PDS)
  • ISO 9001:2000
  • ISO 14001
  • OHSAS 18001
  • Green Mark Award
  • Sporting Singapore Inspiration Awards-Gold Award
  • Work-Life Excellence Award
  • Singapore Health Award
  • Certified On-The-Job Training Centre

TTSH and SAF Medical Corps Inked MOU on Traumatology

SAF Medical Corps and Tan Tock Seng Hospital inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at TTSH on 18 October 2007 to formalize their partnership to further develop the field of Traumatology in the areas of education, training and research.

The Art of Healing Programme

Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s The Art of Healing programme, an initiative that aims to use the arts as a form of therapy to soothe patients’ mind and body and help them on their path to recovery, was launched on 6 February 2006.

Under the arm of The Art of Healing programme, the hospital’s Healing Sky Garden & Orchid Botanica were laun-ched in 2006 & 2007 respectively.


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