Wednesday, 17 January 2018

340 GP clinics join primary care scheme, providing better care of chronic conditions

Patients who visit their general practitioners for treatment of chronic ailments can expect better care with the expansion of the Ministry of Health's (MOH) Primary Care Network (PCN) scheme.

A total of 340 GP clinics are now part of the scheme, announced the ministry, with eight new networks joining the existing two.

The PCN scheme involves clinics organising themselves into networks that support holistic and team-based care. This means patients can visit these GP clinics for follow-up check-ups on their chronic conditions such as diabetes, and speak to nurses about how to care for their conditions.

These services, previously available only at polyclinics and hospitals, are important for good management of chronic conditions, said MOH.

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More pursuing a career in nursing

An estimated 2,000 students took up nursing last year. This is a third more than the 1,500 who took up nursing courses in 2012.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) says the number of students taking up nursing has been rising gradually.

It has been trying to raise interest in nursing as a career, given the large number of nurses Singapore will need as more healthcare facilities open, such as Sengkang General Hospital later this year.

Today, 10,000 nurses - roughly a third of the total here - are foreigners. The largest group of foreign nurses is from the Philippines, followed by Malaysia and China.


Registration for communal gardening plots in 5 more parks to open on Feb 10

Those with green fingers will have more opportunities to flex them with communal gardening plots in five more parks - Bedok Town Park, Choa Chu Kang Park, Pasir Ris Park, Sengkang Riverside Park and Yishun Park.

The National Parks Board (NParks) said in a news release that members of the public will be able to apply from 9am to 3pm on Feb 10 to rent one of 220 gardening plots in these parks.

Each plot comprises a raised planter bed measuring 2.5m by 1m and can be leased for three years at S$57 annually. Interested members of the public are required to bring their NRIC when applying for these plots, and those successful can begin growing edible and ornamental plants in May.

Community gardens in Bishan-AMK park

Registration for gardening plots in Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West and Jurong Lake Gardens West will be available by end-2018 as well, the statutory board said.

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Two heads really ARE better than one

When it comes to making a decision, or solving a puzzle, two heads really may be better than one.

A study has found the wisdom of crowds does exist, with a group of five people better able to answer questions than an individual.