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Apr
2020

On the front lines of a pandemic

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​This photo essay on The Straits Times follows the life of Dr Lawrence Lam, Family Physician, Pioneer Polyclinic, depicting his experience of working in the frontline to manage the coronavirus outbreak.

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24
Nov
2019

Two new polyclinics to open in Kaki Bukit and Tengah by 2025

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Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor shared more details about Tengah Polyclinic at a community event in Bukit Batok on Saturday, 23 November 2019.


The new polyclinic will be part of an integrated development with public housing and a neighbourhood centre, located along Bukit Batok Road. It will provide services including chronic disease management, childhood developmental assessment and women’s cancer screening. Disease prevention, dietetics, psychology and diagnostic services will also be available at the polyclinic, which will be operated by National University Polyclinics (NUP).

Construction is expected to commence in 2021 and when completed, the polyclinic will serve the residents of the Tengah area, as well as those in new Housing Block developments around Bukit Batok West.

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23
Nov
2019

No detail is too small

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​This article features Sister Diana Ong, Nurse Manager, Jurong Polyclinic, who is involved in the development of the upcoming Bukit Panjang Polyclinic, which will open in 2020. She shares about what her role entails and what her career in nursing has been like thus far.

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18
Nov
2019

Docs involve patients in clinical process to spur lifestyle changes

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In conjunction with World Diabetes Day, NUHS shared several of its initiatives across its member institutions to improve diabetes care. One of them is the Year of Care programme, which involved transforming consultations into meaningful dialogues to motivate diabetes patients to self-manage their condition. Patients will also receive their test results prior to appointment, enabling them to take control of their lifestyle habits. Since being piloted at NUH in 2018, the programme yielded positive results which was shared during the NUHS media briefing last week.


The same model of patient care is also being carried out at the polyclinics setting. NUP has rolled out a trial, in which patients at two polyclinics will receive their test results prior to consultation and be empowered to self-manage diabetes. NUP will review the success of the trial before a possible expansion to all six of its polyclinics.

In addition, NUHS is also helping general practitioners (GPs) to improve their clinical outcomes through a programme that allows the GP clinics, which usually operate in silos, to keep track of patients’ progress and compare the data with other clinics. The GPs can also share with one another the problems they face and work together to resolve them.

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15
Nov
2019

Time to redefine the doctor-patient relationship in diabetes management

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​Penned by Dr Lew Yii Jen, Chief Executive Officer, National University Polyclinics and Dr Sue-Anne Toh, Chief Executive Officer, NOVI Health, the article urges readers to re-think the relationship between diabetic patients and primary care doctors to ensure the success of managing the disease as a community.

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15
Nov
2019

植入心脏监视器 阻止无声杀手 “行凶” (Using Insertable Cardiac Monitors to detect Atrial Fibrillation, a condition that is commonly referred to as a ‘silent killer’)

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The Heart Rhythm and Stroke teams at National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) and National University Hospital (NUH) conducted a multidisciplinary, four-year study to better detect Atrial Fibrillation (AF) using Insertable Cardiac Monitors (ICMs) in cryptogenic stroke patients.
 
The study found that ICMs are seven times more effective than traditional methods in detecting AF. Ng Teng Fong General Hospital will be introducing the use of ICMs to detect AF in cryptogenic stroke patients from December 2019.
 
National University Health System (NUHS) also embarked on its first-in-Asia pilot study of a nurse-led, integrated care clinic in the community for AF patients with multiple chronic conditions at Bukit Batok Polyclinic. The clinic helps such patients to monitor their blood pressure and sugar levels, and educates them on managing their weight, diet and lifestyle habits. It gives patients a one-stop location to visit to manage AF and other chronic conditions, reducing cost and time. Till date, the clinic has seen about 80 patients and will expand its operating hours to cope with increased load.

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4
Nov
2019

武吉巴督东成为第八个失智友善社区 (Bukit Batok becomes the eighth dementia-friendly community)

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​NUP in collaboration with the Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre (SHATEC) developed healthy recipes that are good for the brain and can help seniors prevent dementia. At HeARTS!, the health and wellbeing carnival organised by Bukit Batok East grassroots and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) on 3 November to promote active ageing and awareness of dementia, NUP Senior Dietitian Janie Chua and the students of SHATEC conducted a cooking demonstration for the seniors to share the recipes. 

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22
Oct
2019

Tiny device detects heart problems, alerts doc immediately

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The Heart Rhythm and Stroke teams at National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) and National University Hospital (NUH) conducted a multidisciplinary, four-year study to better detect Atrial Fibrillation (AF) using Insertable Cardiac Monitors (ICMs) in cryptogenic stroke patients.
 
The study found that ICMs are seven times more effective than traditional methods in detecting AF. Ng Teng Fong General Hospital will be introducing the use of ICMs to detect AF in cryptogenic stroke patients from December 2019.
 
National University Health System (NUHS) also embarked on its first-in-Asia pilot study of a nurse-led, integrated care clinic in the community for AF patients with multiple chronic conditions at Bukit Batok Polyclinic. The clinic helps such patients to monitor their blood pressure and sugar levels, and educates them on managing their weight, diet and lifestyle habits. It gives patients a one-stop location to visit to manage AF and other chronic conditions, reducing cost and time. The clinic is expanding its operating hours to cope with increased load.


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24
Sep
2019

Singapore hospitals take steps to protect patients from haze; air quality forecast to improve

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The National University Health System (NUHS) – which manages several hospitals, including National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Alexandra Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital – has implemented measures to maintain indoor air quality amidst the haze.

They include shutting windows in the naturally-ventilated patient areas, deploying portable air cooling and purifying units and installing filters to the air-conditioning systems in the buildings to minimise pollutants and smell in the air.

Senior security officer Haron Jasmin, 65, who is currently warded in Alexandra Hospital commented on how he found the air in the ward smells fresh and nice despite having the windows being closed.

Staff who are susceptible to the haze condition will be redeployed to work indoors. At Alexandra Hospital, security personnel wear masks when deployed outdoors for patrolling and the daily frequency for groundskeeping such as portering and landscaping has been reduced.

At NUHS polyclinics, the elderly, pregnant women, children and those with existing chronic respiratory and heart diseases will be given priority for consultations and treatment.

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15
Sep
2019

免更快变质 储存食物有方法 (Ways to store food to prevent spoilage)

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​Lynette Goh, NUP Principal Dietitian, shares the dangers of consuming food that has gone bad and some of the proper ways to store food to prevent undue spoilage.

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14
Sep
2019

最佳食用期限 有效期限 有什么不同 (What is the difference between ‘best before’ dates and expiration dates?)

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Lynette Goh, NUP Principal Dietitian, explains the difference between the ‘best before’ dates and expiration dates found on food labels. She also shares that rather than relying solely on these dates, it is more important to store the food properly.

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12
Aug
2019

Doc Talk: Don't let yourself get frail with age

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​Dr Richard Hui, Head, Choa Chu Polyclinic, sheds light on frailty, a condition that affects about 10% of patients with multiple illnesses. He highlights that frailty can be managed or reversed through regular exercise, avoiding unnecessary medication, a healthy diet, good control of chronic diseases, adequate rest, an active mind and strong social support. He explains how the polyclinic works hand in hand with other agencies in the community to help patients with frailty, and encourages readers to build up their physical, mental, emotional and social reserves by adopting a healthy lifestyle at a younger age.

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25
Jul
2019

Five nurses get President’s Award for their contributions

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​Ms Jancy Mathews, Chief Nurse, National University Polyclinics was one of five nurses to receive the highest honour in the local nursing profession, the President’s Award for Nurses at the Istana on Wednesday, 24 July 2019. Established in 2000, the President’s Award for Nurses recognises nurses who have been exceptional in patient care, leadership, mentorship, research and administration, and engage in continual learning to develop the nursing profession and nurture young nurses. 

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7
Jun
2019

MOH to ban key source of artificial trans fat in food like cookies and pizzas from June 2021

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Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Home Affairs Amrin Amin announced that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main source of artificial trans fats, will be banned as an ingredient in all foods sold in Singapore from June 2021, as part of ongoing efforts to encourage healthier eating habits among Singaporeans. Ms Lynette Goh, Principal Dietitian, National University Polyclinics, weighed in on the harms of trans fat and why it is important to remove it from our diets.

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