Directories

Accredidations & Awards

The Healthcare Holiday features only those facilities that meet the standards and criteria of regulated accreditation organisations. There are a number of associations located around the world.

Description of these accreditations with signature logos

Medical Terms

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) A cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall.
Allergy & Immunology Allergies happen when we react to something that our body’s natural immune mechanism is not resistant to, which are normally not harmful to the human body. An allergic reaction can come in many forms – itchy, watery eyes (hay fever), itchy inflamed skin (hives and eczema), breathing difficulties (asthma) and more severely the dangerous fall of blood pressure and breathing problems (anaphylaxis).Immunology is the study of the relationship between the body’s system and its immunity. Disorders of the immune system include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and different hypersensitivities like asthma and allergies.
Breast & Endocrine Surgery Breast surgery usually involves the removal of lumps or growths that patients have, or other procedures that involves medical prosthesis. Endocrine surgery refers to operations on one or more of the endocrine glands. There are a number of other endocrine glands and different surgeons treat different problems. Endocrine surgeons work closely with their medical colleagues (endocrinologists) who are often the doctors who will be responsible for both the initial diagnosis and investigation of endocrine disorders.
Cardiology Cardiology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the heart. The field includes diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects and diseases. Cardiologists are physicians who specialize in this field of medicine.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Cardiothoracic surgery involves surgical treatment of disease affecting organs inside the thorax (chest) where the surgeon would generally treating condition of the heart (for heart diseases) and lungs (for lung diseases). These would include operations such as heart by-pass and open-heart surgeries.
Cytopathology a branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level. A common application of cytopathology is the Pap smear, used as a screening tool, to detect precancerous cervical lesions and prevent cervical cancer. Also commonly used to investigate thyroid lesions, diseases involving sterile body cavities, and a wide range of other body sites. Usually used to aid in the diagnosis of cancer but also helps in diagnosis of certain infectious diseases and other inflammatory conditions.
Dermatology A dermatologist takes care of diseases, in the widest sense of the word – problems of the skin, scalp, hair and nails, and also cosmetic problems relating to it. They diagnose and manage these diseases, which could be as common as acne and warts to rare diseases too.
Dental Surgery Your dentist is the doctor who takes care of your teeth when you go for your annual check-up. A dental surgery can also provide other medical procedures that involve your teeth like root canals, crowns, implants and dentures, and other orthodontic treatment.
Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT) ENT specialists diagnose and treat disorders of the head and neck, which covers ailments and problems the ear, nose and throat, as well as allergies and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Endicronology The endocrine system is a complex group of glands that controls your hormones that controls reproduction, metabolism (food burning and waste elimination), growth and development. The glands that make up the endocrine system include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus.The endoconologist is the doctor who specialises in this field of medicine, who diagnose and treat diseases that affect your glands. Endocrinologists treat diseases like diabetes, thyroid diseases, metabolic disorders, menopause, osteoporosis, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders and infertility, to name a few.
Gastroenterology Gastroenterology deals with diseases of the digestive system and those affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the organs from mouth to anus. This could be anything from indigestion, abdominal pain, appendicitis, jaundice, gallstones, lactose intolerance, hepatitis, reflux, ulcers, to hemorrhoids.Gasteroenterologists, the doctors who practice this in field of medicine, would examine, diagnose and treat the diseases.
Gastric bypass surgery A surgical procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower ‘remnant’ pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both.
General Surgery General surgery is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs like intestines, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and thyroid.While surgeon may sub-specialise into one or more of these areas using various methods like laparoscopic surgery, they are still part of the general surgical team.
General & Vascular Surgery Vascular surgery is a specialty surgery in which diseases of the vascular system (arteries and veins) are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive procedures and surgical reconstruction. These procedures are often associated with angiograms, surgery for installing stents and dialysis grafts, and organ transplantation.
Geriatric Geriatric medicine focuses on health care of elderly people. Geriatric physicians, or geriatricians, are doctors who help the elderly care for their health by preventing and treating diseases that are unique to the needs of the aged. During old age, the decline of various organ systems and functions become more apparent.
Geriatricans treat any diseases that are present and find solutions of the effects of aging on the body.In geriatric medicine, doctors also look at functional abilities, independence and the quality of life. Some diseases and situations are commonly seen in the elderly, like dementia, delerium, and falls. Frail elderly people may need certain types of medical care that is different from others.
Haematology Haematology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study of blood, blood-forming organs, and blood diseases like hemophilia and anemia. The haematologist would diagnose, treat and manage prevention of blood diseases.
Hand & Microsurgery The field of hand surgery deals with both surgical and non-surgical conditions and problems of the hand and arm.The doctor would assess and evaluate, diagnose and manage the problem, which could by anything from hand, wrist or arm injury to arthritis, swelling of tendon or nerve compression.
Hip Replacement A surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prothetic implant. This surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a heli (half) replacement.
Liposuction A cosmetic surgery operation that removes fat from many different sites on the human body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks, to the neck, backs of the arms and elsewhere.
Maxillofacial/ Facial Cosmetic Surgery Maxillofacial surgery corrects a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.A patient may be referred to a maxillofacial surgeon if he or she has suffered severe facial injuries. Surgery can help to correct cosmetic and other damages to the face as a result of the accident. The surgeon may also address nerve damage, which if treated quickly, may reduce long-term effects of accident damages.
Neurology Neurology is a medical specialty that deals with disorders of the nervous system, including their coverings, blood vessels and connective tissues like muscles. The neurologist is the doctor who assesses the patient, investigate, diagnose and treat neurological disorders. He will also help the patient manage his condition.If a surgery is required, he may refer the patient to a neurosurgeon.Neurologists would usually treat diseases or disorders such as epilepsy and seizures, dementia, head injury, migraine and multiple sclerosis, and much more.
Neurosurgery Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders and diseases that affect any portion of the nervous system, from the brain, spinal cords peripheral nerves and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system.Conditions treated by neurosurgery range from spinal disc problems, hydrocephalus, head trauma, tumors and trauma to the head or spine, some forms of drug-resistant epilepsy and many others.
Nephrology Nephrology is a branch of internal medicine dealing with the functions and diseases of the kidney. The nephrologist would diagnose and treat kidney diseases like renal failure, kidney stones and hypertension.
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Obstetrics and gynaecology are two surgical medical specialties dealing with female reproductive health and organs in their pregnant (obstetrics) and non-pregnant state (gynaecology).O&G specialists cover both areas of specialties, which include childbirth and delivery, as well as women’s general health of the female reproductive system when they are not pregnant.
Opthamology Ophthalmology deals with the eyes – from the anatomy, physiology and diseases. The ophthalmologist diagnose and treat patients with eye problems and diseases, and may also perform eye surgeries.
Oncology- Cancer Center Oncologists deal with cancer – from diagnosis, therapy, treatment and palliative care.The GKL team of oncologists, nurses medical physicist and radiation therapists are always ready to assist and advise on the various aspects related to cancer care such as treatment options, side effects of treatment, lifestyle changes, during and post treatment care.
Orthopedics & Trauma Surgery These are two areas of specialisations that are often related as they can be caused by trauma, accidents, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors and congenital disorders.Orthopaedic specialists deal with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system that may use both surgical and non-surgical means to correct the problem.
Paediatrics Paediatrics deals with infants, children and adolescents. The paediatrician is often the primary care physician from the birth of the child, caring for his/her health, growth and well-being, including administering inoculations and vaccinations necessary.
Paediatric Surgery Paediatric surgery is a subspecialty surgery that deals with diseases, trauma and disorders for foetuses, infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Common paediatric diseases that may require paediatric surgery include congenital malformations, imperforate anus, undescended testes, abdominal wall defects and tumors, amongst others.
Pathology Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease through examination of organs, tissues, bodily fluids and whole bodies (autopsies).Pathologists are doctors who diagnose and examine samples and biopsies, and interpret medical laboratory tests to diagnose, treat or prevent illness. They work together with other doctors and specialists.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Plastic surgery is a medical specialty that deals with the correction or restoration of form and function. Plastic surgery is often thought of as just cosmetic surgery, but plastic surgery actually includes many types of reconstructive surgery like hand surgery and the treatment of burns.
Psychiatry Psychiatry is the medical specialty for the study and treatment of mental disorders that can range from behavioral, cognitive and perceptual abnormalities like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, amongst others.Psychiatrists are physicians that have specific training in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness.
Psychology Psychologists treat emotional and mental suffering in patients, and have training in psychological research and personality assessment. They treat patients through the use of psychological means such as counseling, psychotherapy and relaxation methods.
Radiology A medical specialty that uses imaging to diagnose and treat disease seen within the body.
Radiologists use a variety of imaging techniques like x-ray radiography, ultrasounds, CT scan, PET scan, MRI etc, to diagnose or treat diseases.
Rehabilitation Medicine The rehabilitation physician works in close collaboration with other medical colleagues (neurologist, paediatrician, orthopaedic surgeon, urologist etc) as well as allied health professionals (physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech language therapist, prosthetist & orthotist etc) in the development of rehabilitation program and also regular review of rehabilitation goals. Programs include neurological rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation and amputee rehabilitation.
Respiratory Medicine Respiratory medicine mainly deals with diseases of the lungs like asthma and other respiratory diseases like pulmonary hypertension, sleeping disorders, and infections and lung tumors.
Rheumatology Rheumatology involves the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic disease involving joints, soft tissues, autoimmune diseases and other tissue disorders.A Rheumatologist is a doctor who would examine the patient, diagnose and recommend treatments.
Rhinoplasty (Nose Job) A plastic surgery procedure for correcting and reconstructiong the form, restoring the functions, and aestherically enhancing the nose, by resolving nasal trauma, congenital defect, respiratory impediment, and a failed primary rhinoplasty.
Rhytidectomy A type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful facial appearance. There are multiple surgical techniques usually involving the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patients face and neck.
Urology Urology is the medical and surgical specialty that focuses on the urinary tracts of men and women, and the male’s reproductive system.Urologists are doctors who are trained to diagose, treat and manage patients with urological disorders like problems of the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters and bladder, as well as those of the male’s reproductive organs.