As a national referral centre and the public sector's flagship hospital, over 1 million Singaporeans from all walks of life benefit from medical care at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) annually.
SGH Needy Patients Fund offers urgent interim support to patients with financial assistance to access medical treatment and care. The fund helps patients who have undergone means-testing with basic and life-saving needs such as dialysis, equipment, consumables and treatments not covered by safety nets like MediFund.
SGH Needy Patients Fund has helped more than 15,000 patients in their most difficult hour—when all other funding options have been exhausted, so that they can focus on their recovery until alternative funding from the community or charities are available on a long-term basis.
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The Medical Humanities team from Medicine ACP is raising funds for the SGH Needy Patients Fund through expression of art. Both patients and healthcare professionals have put paint to paper to translate their emotions and stories arising from their respective journeys. Through this initiative, we hope to shed light on their perspectives.
As a token of appreciation for contributions of $200 and above, donors may be presented with the opportunity to select a complimentary painting done by our doctors and patients (while stocks last!).
Donors who wish to contribute to SGH Needy Patients Fund can complete the form below. The team will get in touch with you for more details. Thank you.
by Mdm Wan Petom
43 x 58.5cm
Wan Peton is a patient with Stage 4 breast cancer. She learnt how to paint from YouTube tutorials and collaborates with her son on her art pieces. Together, their paintings have been exhibited at the National Cancer Centre Singapore and the Istana.
In this painting, a doctor is surrounded by everyday produce. It lends perspective of the unintentional guilt and worry that doctors inflict upon their patients, where the patients feel responsible for the pain they feel now. The doctor is framed by a rectangle that suggests the opacity of the doctor's perspective.
Healing Tools (Reserved)
(Left painting: 30.5 x 41 cm, Right painting: 41 x 50 cm) Acrylic on Canvas
Unlike the other pieces in the same collection by Wan, this painting was done by Wan and her son. The objects painted may seem similar, as with the style; but they are in fact mirror reflections of each another in different sizes. The bigger painting is by the mother (Wan) while the smaller one is by the son. Wan has seen these objects during her many visits to the hospital and so has her son who frequently accompanies her on these visits. Among the tools, there is a heart. Wan feels that - of all the tools - the most powerful one isn't the medicine but the love shown by doctors towards patients.
Unguarding Your Heart (Reserved)
by Chan Mae Yee, NUS Medicine, 4th Year Student
45 x 45 cm, Acrylic on Canvas
The artist encounters emotional events on a day to day basis as a medical practitioner. Overtime, knowingly or unknowingly, they deal with these events by guarding their hearts against feeling such depth of emotions so that they can carry on with work.
This painting seeks to encourage others to unguard their hearts and practice empathy. To remind themselves of their purpose to practice medicine and spur them on to be better doctors, listeners and comforters to patients.
Holding It Together (Reserved)
by Hannah Abbott, NTU Medicine, 3rd Year Student
30 x 40 cm, Acrylic and 4-0 Silk Sutures on Canvas
You spend all day taking care of others but who will take care of you? Who will take the mess inside of you and tie it into place?
And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together -- Colossians 1:17
by Lester Chan, NUS Pharmacy, 3rd Year Student
A4, Watercolour on Paper
Have we clouded our judgement?
Have we blinded our success?
How do we fight an evil, if evil were to change?
Would our methods work, or do we have to change?
Can we resist them, or will they resist us?
Can we rise against, or will they rise again?
Emotional Wound (Reserved)
by Dian Handayani, Art Therapist, Department of Psychology, SGH
91 x 30 cm, Mixed media, acrylic, ink and plaster on Canvas
Drawing on her own working experience in the field of psychiatry at SGH, Dian realizes the importance of healing both physical and emotional wounds. Like physical wounds, emotional wounds stemming from the impact of chronic and acute illness, accidents, disability, poverty, abuse and neglect also need to be carefully evaluated and cared for. Providing a safe space allows the patient to embark on his or her healing journey and prevents future "infections". In doing so, psychological healing and metamorphosis can slowly emerge and grow from within.
Do not quit · Believing 勿忘初心 (Reserved)
by Emily Tan U-Tong, Art Therapist & Principal Medical Social Worker, SGH
30 x 30 cm, Marker on Canvas
Bewildered? Worn down? Defeated? Disillusioned?
I am sometimes. Many times.
The complexity of illness, systems and life not only just confront our ability to treat but also our capacity to embrace the difficult narratives and emotions that they bring to us.
Do not quit · Believing 勿忘初心 is a little nudge to my weary self.
Do not forget who I am.
Remember why I seek to do what I am doing now.
Let not that simple purpose in the beginning be weathered away by the process.
"When you quit believing in the magic of life, you get a life without magic." — Bryant McGill
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At the Heart of Medicine (Reserved)
by Clarisse Heng, NUS Medicine, 1st Year Student
28 x 38 cm, Black ink on Paper
The anatomical heart can seem cold, when studied scientifically as a medical student. However, Clarisse remembers that when she grows up and practices medicine, the human heart will be both anatomical and emotional.
To her, the heart of medicine will not just be her patients' bodies, but who they are as people.
Ichi-go ichi-e: one moment, one encounter (Reserved)
by Annabelle Ip Soo Ching, Medical Social Worker, SGH
32 x 42 cm (including frame), Photography in A4
Ichi-go ichi-e is a Japanese proverb that embodies the philosophy that every moment spent in an encounter should be treasured, for it will never occur again. As the sakura blooms and dies, such is the impermanence in life. As a medical social worker who provides a conducive space for patients to feel safe and heard, Annabelle understands that every encounter and moment with her patients, is a convergence of time, space, mood, thoughts and circumstances which is unique and unrepeatable.Location of image: Lake Toya, Hokkaido, Japan (2015)
30.5 x 40.5 cm, Acrylic on Canvas
Emotions flow in erratic waves, as diluted thoughts flood my mind.
I gently blow over those emotions in an attempt to clear my cluttered mess.
Some are raw and true to their colour and form.
But they mostly mix and merge, beyond my control at times.
They pop up and surface in cells and clusters, layered or multifaceted.
Despite the cacophony, they sometimes shimmer and glow.
As I try to understand, as I feel validated, as I feel supported.
Having emotions is being alive.
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Golden Spine (Reserved)
This piece was painted hours after she returned from a clinic consultation and was told that her cancer had metastasised to her spine. For months, she had experienced severe, unremitting back pain and involuntary shaking of her hands. This painting was born from her close brush with death again, which she transformed as the hope she has for herself, a spine as strong as gold, a spine that does not know pain. Framed by a keyhole, she is giving us, strangers, the chance to peer into her world of suffering, beauty, strength, weakness and aggressive hope.
Healthy Eating (Reserved)
Healthy Eating was inspired by Wan's long-drawn battle against cacer, during which doctors consistently advised her to consume more vegetables.
Hope and Courage (Reserved)
by Pearline Koe Ling Wan, Senior Medical Social Worker, SGH
50cm x 50cm, Acrylic on Canvas
The white poppy flowers against the dark background symbolises the aspirations to emerge victorious during dark times. This painting depicts cancer patients' as knights, courageously battling with disease to find that glimmer of optimism and peace.
Maybe, In Our Next Life (Reserved)
by Ren Yuqi, NTU Medicine, 2nd Year Student
A3, Watercolour on Paper
You had a vision and I had a dream,
We had a promise, down the stream.
But now you've gone and left me behind,
This red string of fate, once intertwined,
Maybe, then, in another lifetime.
Blooming Red (Reserved)
30 x 40 cm, Acrylic on Canvas
The red poppy flower is a symbol of remembrance and hope for a peaceful future for the British Armed Forces. These resilient flowers flourished in the lands after the destruction during World War 1. The colour red also symbolises Pearline's work with patients with blood disorders, bearing hope against all odds, to bloom once again despite the ordeals.
Sunshine Dew (Reserved)
by Dr June Koh Zhi Yun, Associate Consultant, General Medicine, TTSH
46 x 36 cm, Watercolour on Canvas
Take a brief moment to relish the stillness under the sunflower, a symbol of hope and strength, as a drop of golden dew, softly falls.
It's time, Let go (Reserved)
40.5 x 20 cm, Acrylic on Canvas
How can that be?
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
I am profoundly impacted
by the cares that I carry
God, help me to let out a little breating space
for restoration to take place
Thank you for each priviledged journey.
It's time, Let go is a reflection of the artist's process of embracing the vulnerabilities of not knowing in her varying experiences in healthcare.
by Goh Soo Cheng, Master Medical Social Worker, SGH
35 x 26 cm (including frame), Double-sided, Colour pencils on paper
Just like how the beautiful plants juxtaposed against the black, the artist muses on how illnesses can actually bring out the colorful strengths in people. Soo Cheng is reminded that by looking at another perspective, we can see a different scenery.
Like the spring rain, like a breeze (Reserved)
Jojo Yang Bin, Senior Medical Social Worker, SGH
A poem about the timely arrival of delightful spring rain that wakes the plants from winter.
Through the poem, Jojo depicts social workers as spring rain who comes into their patients' lives to help restore their confidence, facilitate recovery and empower integration. By offering prompt and nurturing support, one gains a deeper understanding about humanity and disabilities to better tailor services for each individual.
The artist feels privileged to share life moments with patients in their journeys however short they might be.
Sleep well, dear one (Reserved)
by Pearlyn Lee Peiling, Art Therapist, CHAMPs (Child Life, Art and Music Therapy Programmes), KKH
13 x 20 cm, Watercolour and pen on Paper
The girl on the ground gently supports the flower to allow the sleeping child in the flower to be immersed in the symbolic rest that art provides. Much like the girl standing on the ground, this piece of artwork highlights the role of an art therapist in using art's healing qualities to help patients process and reflect on their thoughts and feelings in a safe, conducive space.
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