Tan Tock Seng Gives Ah Ma Medicine that had Expired for One and a Half Years!

If you’ve a loved one in hospital, it wouldn’t hurt to check on their stuff from time to time, just in case hospital staff slip up.

Poor Ah Ma Tan was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital on New Year’s Day morning after blood was found in her urine.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, TTSH administered to her medicine that had expired for over a year and a half!

The expired medicine was only discovered because her son was curious about what was in the packet of transparent liquid. Upon studying the label, he realized that the medicine in the drip had expired inAugust 2014.

Fortunately, 84-year-old Ah Ma had just been transferred to the ward from the A&E Dept and hadn’t been injected with the medicine yet when the glitch was discovered.

Her son alerted the nurse, who apologised and made quickly got her a new drip (not that a little expired medicine would be enough to hurt Ah Ma – she was a tough as nails samsui woman in her younger days, ok!)

Still, her son has expressed concern over how many of such incidents would have occurred if not for vigilant relatives.

It’s standard operating procedure for nurses to check that patients are given the right drug, and the manufacturing and best-by dates of the drugs before administering them to patients.

TTSH has apologised to Ah Ma Tan and her family for the gaffe.

The hospital said that the nurse-in-charge didn’t follow protocol in checking the medicine before giving it to her.



  1. zoom

    January 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Simple lar! Just blame it on the nurse lor. Systematic problem, no 2nd independent checks against failure, no audit to ensure quality service & overworked staff.

  2. Lee

    January 20, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    The plastic surgeons at TTSH are inexperienced and irresponsible.had a double eyelid surgery done.turn up to be so terrible and the group of Doctors don’t even had the confidence to redo the surgery .nightmare

  3. Norm

    January 20, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Well, everything on nurses… “well done”.. Most of the people take nurses are just like high pay maid.. seriously.. so sad.. they not only the high pay maid but also the mechanic, and GPS.. they need to check everything…everythings of the patients (whether from each of the patients or given to the patients) and all the med mechines that involved.. anythings that spoiled or have problem.. they need to troubleshoot and solve by themselve first before reporting.. any things that the drs, therapist, etc found cannot use, even the cases note cannot find… all look for the nurses even though it was not taken by the nurse.. any things and problems of the pt.. they will said: NURSE!!!!!! Even cant find the way out of the ward or hospital they will look for the Nurse.. hmmmmmmmm… All overtime consider as volunteer…hmmmm

    • Joanne

      January 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Norm, as a nurse myself, i agree with u totally!!

  4. Su

    January 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Simple blame on the nurse again. Good job!

  5. lol1244

    January 24, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Huh? Like that also can blame on nurse? lol seems like they not only need to change their system but also their management

  6. JMH

    February 22, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Should check sata commhealth and other hospitals too to make surethe jobs are given according to govt standards.Too many foreigners in a lot of workplace nowadays

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