The TTSH-NNI Trauma is a virtual integration of all the trauma services belonging to the two institutions. TTSH-NNI Trauma attends to the largest number of trauma patients in Singapore.
The TTSH Trauma Training Centre, the training wing of the Trauma Centre, is a regional trauma training hub. The Centre runs several regional trauma courses such as the Definitive Surgery for Trauma Care (DSTC) Course, the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Course, and the Basic Emergency Sonography for Trauma (BEST) Course.
The disciplines involved in TTSH-NNI Trauma are: –
- Emergency Medicine
- General Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Critical Care Services and Anaesthesiology
- TTSH Radiology
- Rehabilitation Medicine
These services are represented in the Trauma Committee, which is responsible for formulating treatment policies and guidelines, and running the various trauma programmes including the trauma training courses.
Central to TTSH-NNI Trauma is the Trauma Unit, which comes under the Department of General Surgery. The Trauma Unit coordinates the multidisciplinary management of polytrauma patients in the centre.
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The Trauma Unit
The Trauma Unit is currently run by two full time trauma surgeons, one visiting trauma / military surgeon, a trauma registrar and a trauma coordinator. The Trauma Unit also maintains the Trauma Registry.
Dr Chiu Ming Terk
Dr Chiu is a Senior Consultant Trauma and General Surgeon. He did his trauma fellowship in St Paul – Ramsey Medical Centre, Minnesota, USA. He is currently Director of Trauma in TTSH-NNI Trauma, and Head of the Department of General Surgery. His special interests are in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, and Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr Vijayan Appasamy
Dr Vijayan Appasamy is a Senior Consultant Trauma and General Surgeon. He did his training in trauma and disaster management in the Singapore Armed Forces and a Fellowship in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care in Westmeade Hospital, Sydney. He is also trained in Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine. He serves as the Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program of the National Health Group and is the Surgery Curriculum Lead at the Lee Kong Cheng School of Medicine.
His research interests include areas in trauma and acute care and educational inteventions related to surgcial training, team-work and systems based practice.
Dr Chua Wei Chong
Dr Chua Wei Chong is a Consultant Trauma and General Surgeon. He obtained is Fellowship in General Surgery from the Academy of Medicine of Singapore and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2007. He also completed a Trauma Fellowship Liverpool Hospital, Sydney. He previously worked in the Singapore Armed Forces, completing his last tour as the Chief Army Medical Officer in 2012. During his eventful career, he deployed on a number of peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in countries including Timor Leste, Indonesia and Afghanistan. In recognition of his public service, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (Military) in 2011. He is currently a course director of the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course, as well as teaching faculty for a number of courses at the TTSH Trauma Service.
Dr Teo Li Tserng
Dr Teo is Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, and a Consultant Trauma/General Surgeon. His clinical interests include acute care surgery and colorectal surgery. As the Director of the Surgical High Dependency Unit for the Division of Surgery in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, he manages critical care policies and patients in the Division.
He did his Trauma Fellowship in McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada, sharing expertise and knowledge on trauma care and acute care surgery.
In the 2006 Central Java Earthquake, he led a combined military and civilian surgical team to aid in the disaster. This highlights his continued interest and active involvement in managing mass casualties and humanitarian disasters.
Ms Go Tsung Shyen Karen
Karen assumed the role of a Trauma Coordinator in Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 2003. Graduated in 1995 from the Nanyang Polytechnic of Singapore, Karen has gained wide exposure in her nursing career with experiences in various fields such as Orthopaedic and General Surgery, Medical and Cardiac Care ICU, Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units of various hospitals in Singapore. She also attained the Bachelor in Nursing from the University of Sydney in 2000.
She’s the manager of the Trauma service and is responsible for the operational, personnel and financial aspects of the trauma program. She also serves as a coordinator for the trauma team in monitoring the progress and outcome of patients from the trauma centre and assist in identifying areas for improvement in the management of trauma.
Ms Yeo Yen Teng
Yen Teng joined the team in 2007 as a trauma coordinator. She graduated from Nanyang Polytechnic in 1997, obtained her Advanced Diploma in Critical Care in 2001 and Bachelor in Nursing from University of Sydney in 2004. With more than 10 years of surgical nursing experiences in surgical, burn and neurosurgical intensive care units, she focused her interest in the care of trauma patients. In addition to maintaining the trauma registry, she assists in co-ordination of courses and deployment of medical personnel in humanitarian relief missions.