Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Alexandra Hospital to focus on non-emergency procedures
The newly-renovated Alexandra Hospital (AH) has become the first public hospital in Singapore to stop taking emergency cases, so it can focus on non-emergency procedures needed for a growing elderly population. However, patients who feel medically unwell can still visit AH's Urgent Care clinic at any time of the day or night.
This will also free up space at the National University Hospital (NUH), which is in the same health cluster, to take on more complex cases.
A total of 4,820 patients with non-complex problems, such as cataracts, were directed to AH last year, and this is projected to increase to 6,627 in 2030 with new facilities opening. Waiting time for patients is less than five working days after a polyclinic referral instead of one to two months in other hospitals.