National Skin Centre
The National Skin Centre (NSC) is the only tertiary referral dermatology centre in Singapore. It is led by a team of dermatologists with the experience and expertise to treat a wide variety of dermatological conditions and complex dermatoses. With a staff strength of nearly 400, the clinical services are supported by the best nursing and allied health care professionals in dermatology, providing a comprehensive range of dermatological and dermatosurgical services. Patients with complex dermatoses such as severe extensive eczema, psoriasis and immune-mediated skin diseases are managed by a team-based care model.
As a public health institution, the Centre handles a patient load of more than 1,000 patients daily and manages over 80% of overall outpatient dermatology attendances in public healthcare institutions in Singapore. Over the last 30 years, NSC has made great strides in developing clinical services including mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer, cellular grafting for the treatment of vitiligo, and in more recent years, skin imaging for the management of skin cancers.
In our commitment to the quality of clinical care, the Centre was the first in the country to introduce a seamless, paperless electronic medical recording system in 2004 and a patient health portal in 2012, that integrates a patient’s care journey from home to the Centre, and to home. We were also the first healthcare facility in South East Asia and one of the first worldwide to be accredited in ambulatory care by the Joint Commission International (JCI) in 2007.
As a national specialty centre, NSC is the sole dermatology training institution for undergraduate, specialist and postgraduate healthcare professionals in Singapore, including doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals. Between 2009 and 2017, NSC has trained some 60 dermatologists. The Dermatology Senior Residency Programme, rotates trainees through several core subspecialities in in-patient and out-patient dermatology care, and sexually transmitted infections. NSC also regularly hosts visiting fellows and students throughout Asia and from Australia.
In developing clinical and translational research, NSC has carried out clinical trials for the use of biologics for the treatment of psoriasis and eczema in recent years. It has also pioneered the dermatological use of photodynamic therapy in Singapore. As a national strategic thrust to develop skin research, NSC partnered with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine to set up the Skin Research Institute of Singapore (SRIS). The SRIS harnesses the expertise of scientists, engineers and clinicians to conduct inter-disciplinary skin research to conduct inter-disciplinary skin research designed to translate to improved health outcomes and quality of life.
Beyond the three pillars of providing excellent dermatological care, training and research, NSC also partners with primary care practitioners and providers of intermediate/long-term care to improve the quality of dermatology care in the community. This has been effected through the use of teledermatology and provision of training programmes in basic skin care, all of which serves to bring specialist care to the community especially the elderly and the frail.
NSC plays a leading role in providing dermatological services to Singaporeans, in training the next generation of healthcare professionals in dermatology in Singapore and beyond, and in conducting research on the treatment and management of skin conditions. We are committed to working with research and academic centres around the world to bring skin health to the global community. To enhance our capacity for future needs, a new NSC building housing state-of-the-art facilities for clinical functions and research will open from 2022.