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A step towards a seamless continuum of care
08 June 2015

A step towards a seamless continuum of care

21st May marked an exciting development in the close partnership between HCA Hospice Care and SingHealth.

Last month, the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Outram Community Hospital took place on 21 May 2015.

The Outram Community Hospital will be situated side by side the Singapore General Hospital, with 500 of its beds earmarked for general rehabilitation and sub-acute patients. The remaining will be allocated to palliative care patients.

The hospital will focus on optimising patients’ recovery through rehabilitation, even as they receive inpatient care. This is integrated into the structure of the hospital, with rooms for practising rehabilitative exercises joined to the wards, and facilities that help with developing patients’ abilities.

The hospital will also hold a HCA Hospice Care day hospice, which targets to cater to 30-40 patients from central Singapore daily. Besides HCA’s own day hospice patients, patients from the palliative ward in the Outram Community Hospital will be invited to join in the activities at the day hospice, to keep them active and form social bonds with others.

Additionally, HCA Hospice Care’s satellite team of home care nurses caring for the central region will be relocated to the same building. This will enable the nurses to begin making contact with hospice patients and their physicians and nurses before they transit back home – leading to a smoother transition home for the patients, and closer partnerships between healthcare professionals in the care of the patients.

During the event, our president Dr Tan Poh Kiang and former president Dr Seet Ai Mee participated in the actual ground-breaking ceremony alongside esteemed Guest of Honour, Health Minister Mr Gan Kim Yong, Prof Ivy Ng Group CEO of SingHealth and Singapore General Hospital chief executive Prof Ang Chong Lye.

Community partners and schools entertained the crowd with dance, and the VIP contingent made its way around the exhibits, which included a model of the new hospital, information on the rehabilitation process, and an art workshop by SGH volunteers, as well as HCA’s own exhibit manned by staff, volunteers, and patients.

With this very first event in carving the way ahead for close, collaborative partnerships between HCA and Singapore General Hospital, we look forward to new heights in the quality of care for our patients.

If you’d like to find out more about HCA’s current day hospice services at Jalan Tan Tock Seng and Marsiling, and the referral processes, do get in touch at communications@hcahaospicecare.org.sg, or like us on Facebook to get updates on what we do! www.facebook.com/hcahospicecare.org.sg.