Thomson Medical Centre

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Thomson Medical Centre
Thomson Medical Pte. Ltd
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Location339 Thomson Road, 307677, Singapore
Coordinates 1°19′31.47″N103°50′29.23″E / 1.3254083°N 103.8414528°E / 1.3254083; 103.8414528 Coordinates: 1°19′31.47″N103°50′29.23″E / 1.3254083°N 103.8414528°E / 1.3254083; 103.8414528
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Thomson Medical Centre Limited (Abbreviation: TMC) is a 190-bed private hospital located at Thomson Road in Singapore. The hospital specialises in gynaecology and in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Thomson Medical Centre runs a 24-hour outpatient family clinic, as well as a range of specialist clinics. [1] [2] [3]

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Thomson Road, Singapore

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Thomson Medical Centre began operations in 1979. The founder, Dr Cheng Wei Chen, an Obstetrics & Gynaecology specialist, aimed to “make delivery an enjoyable experience for women”[ citation needed ] through his hospital.

Obstetrics is the field of study concentrated on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. As a medical specialty, obstetrics is combined with gynaecology under the discipline known as obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) which is a surgical field.

Gynaecology science of the treatment of diseases of the female sexual organs and reproductive tract

Gynaecology or gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive systems and the breasts. Outside medicine, the term means "the science of women". Its counterpart is andrology, which deals with medical issues specific to the male reproductive system.

The hospital was built on the grounds of Dr Cheng's wife's family bungalow and on a neighbouring parcel of land that used to house Yamaha Music School. Construction of the hospital took place over nine months in 1978, in collaboration with his brother and architect, William Cheng, while Dr Cheng still operated his practice from a small plot on-site. [4]

When Thomson Medical Centre became operational in 1979, they were the only private niche hospital for women and children in Singapore, specialising in obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatrics. [5]

The hospital expanded in the late 90s to include more clinics and other facilities.

In 2010 Thomson Medical Centre was bought by billionaire Peter Lim for around $400 million [6] .

Customer-Centric Initiative

The staff of Thomson Medical Centre are also known as Thomson Angels and are recognised for being “cheerful, responsive and attentive.” [7] In 2008, Thomson Medical Centre embarked on the Customer-Centric Initiative (CCI) which was spearheaded by SPRING Singapore. The medical centre topped the CCI rankings in the healthcare industry and achieved a 93% patient satisfaction level in 2009. [8]

SPRING Singapore Singaporean agency for enterprise development

The Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board ,(Abbreviation: SPRING Singapore) was a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. It worked as an agency for enterprise development, and helped enterprises to enhance the competitiveness in Singapore market. It was also the national standards and conformance body.

Healthcare industry industry dedicated to providing health care services and products

The healthcare industry is an aggregation and integration of sectors within the economic system that provides goods and services to treat patients with curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative care. It includes the generation and commercialization of goods and services lending themselves to maintaining and re-establishing health. The modern healthcare industry is divided into many sectors and depends on the interdisciplinary teams of trained professionals and paraprofessionals to meet health needs of individuals and populations.

Baby Tagging Solution

In 2013, Thomson Medical Centre introduced the Baby Tagging Solution developed by Cadi Scientific, to ensure that newborns are correctly matched with their mothers. With this system, a mother and her baby are fitted with pre-matched tags upon their arrival at the maternity ward and when the baby is brought to his or her mother, the mother's tag will automatically verify if the baby is the correct one. If the tags do not match, a red light will flash on the mother's tag instead. [9] The General Manager of Thomson Medical Centre, Mrs Mega Shuen, shared that the health and safety of their patients are their top priority. [10]

Parentcraft Centre

Pre-birth care and parent coaching services are accessible through the Thomson Parentcraft Centre, where expectant mothers can learn to prepare for their experience during pregnancy and after delivery. [11] [12]

In-vitro fertilisation (IVF)

Thomson Medical Centre is the first private hospital in Singapore to set up an In-vitro fertilisation clinic on its premises. In 1988, the hospital delivered Singapore's first IVF triplets. In the same year, the Thomson Fertility Clinic was set up. As of 2009, more than 5,000 couples have been treated for fertility and over 900 IVF babies have been born at their clinic. [13]

In 1989, Thomson Medical Centre delivered Asia's first set of surviving IVF quadruplets, delivered by Dr Cheng. The Tan quadruplets are born on Mother's Day and consist of three girls and a boy. Since 1990, fertility specialists have capped the number of implanted embryos at three, making the Tan quadruplets one of the last IVF quadruplets in Singapore.

In 1990, the hospital produced its first frozen embryo baby.

In 2000, they were the world's first fertility clinic to produce twins from frozen eggs and frozen sperm. [14]

Business Operations

Thomson Medical Centre was listed on the SGX-SESDAQ board in 2005, becoming the fourth healthcare services provider listed on SGX, after Parkway Holdings, Raffles Medical Group and Health Management International. [15] Thomson Medical Centre however was acquired by investor Peter Lim and subsequently delisted on January 24, 2011. [16] [17]

The centre offers a range of maternity and baby items. [18]


Selected milestones achieved: [19]
2014A medical centre exclusively for women, Thomson Well Women Clinic (TWWC) opens at Scotts Medical Center at Pacific Plaza [20]
2013Thomson Medical Centre staff wins Singapore Health Quality Service Award [21]
2012Launch of a new initiative, Thomson Confinement Food, where confinement food is provided to recuperating mothers after childbirth. [22]
  • Set up Singapore's first private dedicated cancer centre focusing on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast, gynaecological and colorectal tumours in women
  • Winner of SPRING Singapore Excellent Service Award 2009 (EXSA)
  • Overall winner and winner of the Singapore Prestige Brand Award 2009 – Heritage Brand Category.
  • Singapore football player, Baihakki Khaizan, and Suria artiste, Norfasarie, welcomed their first child at Thomson Medical Centre [23]
2005Admitted to the Official List of SGX SESDAQ.

IVF mix-up

In 2010, an IVF mix-up produced a baby with a different father's sperm. [24] Thomson Medical were fined the maximum S$20,000 for failing to ensure suitable assisted reproduction practices were followed, as well as being banned from new IVF for 8 months. [25] After a long-running case, in March 2017 the mother of the child was awarded 30% of the costs of bringing up the child, with whom she does not share a 'genetic affinity'. [25]

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In vitro fertilisation assisted reproductive technology procedure (ART) in which a women’s eggs are fertilized by sperm in a laboratory instead of inside the fallopian tube (in –vivo)

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro. The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman's ovulatory process, removing an ovum or ova from the woman's ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in a liquid in a laboratory. After the fertilised egg (zygote) undergoes embryo culture for 2–6 days, it is implanted in the same or another woman's uterus, with the intention of establishing a successful pregnancy.

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Jean Purdy UK IVF pioneer

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