Updated: 05/03/2013 22:59

Upgraded Geylang Polyclinic re-opens with focus on eldery patients

Upgraded Geylang Polyclinic re-opens with focus on eldery patients

Singapore Minister of State for Health Amy Khor has said that polyclinics play a vital role within the primary care sector, especially when it comes to serving low income patients. 

She made the point at the re-opening of Geylang Polyclinic today.

The clinic is an example of the government's initiative to upgrade existing polyclinics and build new ones. 

This is to improve service delivery and address gaps in coverage. 

The refurbished Geylang Polyclinic caters better to the needs of elderly patients. 

For example, it houses an Ambulatory Geriatric Clinic to address elderly-related problems such as osteoporosis, dementia and reduced mobility. 

" The polyclinic has also been made more elderly-friendly. It now incorporates barrier free access throughout the premises, non-slip floors and hand-rails along corridors and
common areas to prevent falls. Easy way finding is also facilitated through directional signs with large fonts and pictograms," said Dr Khor.

The clinic will also be the first under the Singhealth cluster to house a dedicated Academic Family Medicine Centre for the training of doctors in Family Medicine. 

This is in recognition of the key role polyclinics play in training the next generation of Family Physicians (FPs). 

Geylang polyclinic has been serving residents for some 18 years, and today sees a significant proportion of elderly residents, with close to 30% of its patients in 2012 aged 65 and above.

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