Updated: 08/01/2014 22:48

SingHealth launches new role for nurses to support patients and their caregivers



SingHealth launches new role for nurses to support patients and their caregivers

SingHealth has launched a new role for nurses to support caregivers and patients with complex conditions. 

Called the Patient Navigator, they will manage and coordinate the transition between the different levels of care for the patients. 

It can range from acute care in the hospital to intermediate and long-term care. 

The Patient Navigators will be assigned to the wards. 

They will first screen patients admitted to the ward and identify those who are likely to face potential issues during the course of their stay in the hospital. 

Such issues include lacking a caregiver, or patients not being able to afford medical treatment. 

The Patient Navigators will then work closely with doctors, medical social workers, therapists, pharmacists as well as caregivers to help these patients. 

To date, 33 nurses from the Singapore General Hospital, KK Women's and Children's Hospital and National Heart Centre Singapore have been trained as Patient Navigators. 

Nurses who want to take on the new role will need to through a four-month training which includes theory lessons and clinical attachments in the hospitals and community settings. 

SingHealth plans to train a total of 400 Patient Navigators by 2018. 

The new role was launched by Health Minister, Gan Kim Yong, at SingHealth's Nurses' Day celebration today.

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