Painting of the old Pathology Building by Ong Kim Seng
Pathology began its roots in Singapore during the early 20th century when the Municipal Commissioners of Singapore set up a laboratory service in 1903. The Pathological Department, as it was known then, did much to improve public health in Singapore by investigating and detailing sources of infection and pollution.
A more accurate picture of the state of health of its people emerged through painstaking autopsy work and documentation of subsequent investigations and results.
Now, over a hundred years later, in the 21st century, the Department has expanded from the solo pathologist practice of the early 1900s to a modern facility providing comprehensive laboratory services to meet our patient needs. The spirit and mission of the Department – the quest for knowledge in disease continues unabated.
The various hospitals and their respective departments and laboratories in SingHealth Pathology (Singapore General Hospital: Anatomical Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Pathology and Microbiology, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Sengkang Health: Pathology and Changi General Hospital: Laboratory Medicine) work closely to push frontiers in research, education and clinical services, with the aim to deliver the best theranostic care to improve outcomes for our patients.
As SGH commemorates its bicentennial alongside 200 years of medicine in Singapore, SingHealth Pathology will also be celebrating Pathology 118. It will be a milestone year of fun-filled events and we look forward to having you join us on this journey to mark 118 years of Pathology in Singapore.
Click here to read about the development of Pathology through SGH 200 years of history.
Pathology Heritage Post Contest
Congratulations to the winners of our "Pathology Heritage Post" contest!
One of my favourite memories about Pathology is the heritage walk we had in March 2019. It was before Covid so the whole department was able to participate and mingle with colleagues whom we usually do not meet daily. My team did not win the race but I enjoyed myself fully as we collectively worked through each stage. Finishing on a sweet note, we rewarded ourselves with a cold drink. I look forward to the day where we can resume similar activities and my new colleagues would be able to experience what I have experienced.
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