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.


Dare to drink water from a public toilet in Singapore?

In an old building, for example, people assume that the water pipes “are also old and rusty” and therefore “contaminate the water”, which is untrue, cited Erny Kartolo, one of the founders of the Drink Wise, Drink Tap campaign.

To find out how credible such fears are, Talking Point collected water samples from 15 taps: Five in eateries and shopping centres, five in public toilets such as at hawker centres and five in HDB flats across the island.

The samples were sent to a laboratory to investigate for bacteria and harmful metal contaminants such as lead and arsenic. And the results showed that there was no presence of bacteria in any of the samples.

As for trace metals, they ranged from 0.02 to 0.3 parts per billion (ppb), compared to the World Health Organisation’s guideline of 10 ppb.

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Most Singaporeans behind on retirement plans, many unsure how to grow wealth

A new financial wellness index launched by OCBC Bank on Monday (July 15) found that Singaporeans are generally unsure how to grow their wealth through investing and building up enough funds. Close to one-third think of investing as a form of gambling.

While Singaporeans fared well on basics like saving from monthly salary, arranging medical insurance coverage as well as sticking to a set budget, the study found that close to half were unable to stretch their savings to last for six months, with more than half not on track to accumulate enough funds for an emergency.

And planning for retirement? Nearly two-thirds (65%) were found to be behind in terms of accumulating enough money to maintain their lifestyle after retirement. Of these, many intended to rely on regular savings as the mainstay of their retirement plans.


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