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Yishun Community Hospital opens on schedule and on budget

28 December 2015

Yishun Community Hospital has opened and started admitting patients. The 428 - bedded hospital provides rehabilitative, sub-acute1, dementia and palliative care. The $320 million hospital is opening in phases, starting with five subsidised wards (170 beds). Outpatient facilities such as the Day Rehabilitation Centre will open in the third quarter of 2016. The hospital also houses the national Geriatric Education & Research Institute (GERI) which will open in the second half of next year (2016). 

Seamless care

Yishun Community Hospital is part of the northern healthcare cluster, Alexandra Health System (AHS). It is linked directly to Khoo Teck Pu​at Hospital (KTPH) so patients can be transferred seamlessly for the next stage of care in their recovery. Patients will also be admitted from other acute care hospitals and nursing homes. The two hospitals' clinical teams are working closely together to coordinate care so patients can be transferred from KTPH to Yishun Community Hospital earlier, thereby freeing up more beds for acute patients.

A 'wel-going' hospital​​

The philosophy of care at Yishun Community Hospital is to help patients regain their independence, both physically and mentally. "This is a 'wel-going' hospital - we help patients get well and go home as soon as possible," said Mr Liak Teng Lit, Group Chief Executive Officer, AHS. "That's why rehab is not confined to the gym. We want our patients to spend their waking hours out of bed and doing things for themselves as they will when they go home. This hospital was built with that end in mind." The rehabilitation wards have balconies with pleasant views to draw patients out of bed to walk around. This helps them to regain their strength and movement. The rehab gyms are spread across four floors so that each gym can target different patients' needs. This also makes it easier for patients to attend their rehab sessions and encourages them to do their exercises at anytime of the day.

Taking multiple medications is common among the elderly and can be confusing. Bedside cabinets at Yishun Community Hospital have a lockable drawer so that patients can store and manage their own medication under the supervision of a nurse. This will ensure patients and their caregivers know how to take their medication correctly when they go home.

Small touches make a difference

Small touches enable patients to do simple things for themselves so they can start regaining their independence from the moment they are warded. For example, at each bed, the call bell has controls for the ceiling fan so patients can turn the fan on and off without assistance. In the rehabilitation wards, meals are not served in bed but in the communal dining areas. This encourages independence and confidence while fostering social interaction between patients as they recover.

To test out the facilities, more than 100 staff and volunteers had a sleep over at the hospital one week before it opened. Among them were some older people and those with experience in caring for family members at home. They gave useful feedback on issues that they and others could face when staying at this hospital. Now staff are making adjustments to further improve the facilities.

Transferring care to the community

"Our care does not end when our patients leave. We want to ensure they cope well and stay healthy once they are home to prevent complications and readmission. So patients who need additional medical help and support are referred to the Ageing-In-Place Programme before they are discharged," said Dr Pauline Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Yishun Community Hospital. The Ageing-In-Place Programme2 (AIP) is a community care team. It is part of AHS' integrated healthcare system and focuses on caring for the elderly and chronically sick so they can better manage their conditions at home. AIP Doctors, nurses and therapists work closely with patients and Yishun Community Hospital staff to ensure a smooth transition home and follow up to ensure they are coping well.

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1 Sub-acute care e.g. wound care, caregiver training
2 The Ageing-In-Place Programme provides care in the community. Services include wellness centres, community nursing posts and home visits by the multi-disciplinary healthcare team members such as doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and volunteers. For more information, please visit: www.ktph.com.sg/ageing-in-place

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