SINGAPORE: A new nine-storey medical centre at Changi General Hospital to focus on more complex outpatient needs will be ready by 2017.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, speaking at the commencement ceremony on Friday (Aug 29), said the medical centre is designed to transform the way outpatient specialist care is provided to patients.
One way it will achieve this is by facilitating multi-speciality consultation sessions, in which "the primary doctor will collaborate with an integrated care team made up of multiple specialists, nurses and allied health professionals to come up with an integrated care plan tailored to the patient's specific healthcare needs", Mr Gan said.
When completed, the medical centre will cater to patients with complex medical conditions such as gastroenterology, endocrinology and general surgery. With more than 130 consultation rooms, the hospital expects the number of visits and waiting time for patients to decrease.
"In our current model of care, patients may end up seeing multiple departments and specialities. Each department would come up with their own care plan and, at the end of the day, the patient not only has to visit several times, he will leave with several care plans and medication lists. Some of these plans may be confusing to patients," said Dr Lee Chien Earn, CEO of Changi General Hospital.
There will also be minor surgery rooms to handle simple procedures, freeing up operating theatres in the main hospital for more complex procedures, the hospital said. Other features include a dedicated training wing and, by the time the centre is in operation, CGH hopes to accommodate 400,000 patients a year.
Mr Gan said the new centre will help strengthen the suite of healthcare services and facilities to support an ageing population in eastern Singapore.
By 2020, the hospital will consist of three facilities - the main building, the integrated building and the medical centre - and is expected to accommodate 580,000 patients a year.
At the event, the Health Minister also announced the location of two new polyclinics, which will be ready by 2017.
The Pioneer polyclinic will be located next to Jurong West Primary School:
The Punggol polyclinic will be outside Oasis LRT station:
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