The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

SGH explains what happened


WE EXTEND our deepest condolences to Madam Adeline Lim and her family, and are already in touch with them to address their concerns.

When the patient was seen and treated at our Emergency Department, he was conscious and alert.

He was discovered to have a very low serum sodium level and arrangements were made for admission for further investigation and treatment.

As his condition was initially stable, our doctor scheduled a CT scan for the following day.

CT scans are available at Singapore General Hospital around the clock, including Sundays and public holidays.

However, the patient became progressively drowsy when he was in the ward and the CT scan was brought forward.

When the CT scan showed intracranial bleeding, our doctors discussed the risks of surgery with his family and the decision was not to proceed with surgery, in view of his medical history and risk factors.

We are very sorry that the condition of Madam Lim's father-in-law subsequently deteriorated and he passed away.

Professor Fong Kok Yong

Chairman, Medical Board

Singapore General Hospital