Ng Teng Fong General Hospital cuts operating theatre turnaround time from 21 minutes to 12

(From left) Assistant director of quality, innovation and improvement Christine Wu, Senior nurse manager Joyce Ong, Dr Ng Chew Lip and Assistant director of quality, innovation and improvement Kelvin Lew are among the staff at Ng Teng Fong hospital who helped improve workflow. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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SINGAPORE – If the porter is not free, the surgeon may step in to help wheel the patient into the operating theatre.

This is the “all hands on deck” approach adopted by operating theatre staff at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) that has resulted in a shorter turnaround time between patients. This, in turn, means staff are usually able to finish work, and go home, on time.

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