Channel NewsAsia Digital quoted A/Prof Thomas Loh, Group Chairman Medical Board, National University Health System, who urged that only people with serious or life-threatening emergencies, such as chest pain, breathlessness and uncontrollable bleeding, should visit the hospital's emergency department as this allows those in need of emergency care to be attended to quickly and helps to preserve the hospital's capacity for those who truly need acute hospital care.
The report mentioned that National University Hospital's children's emergency department and the National University Health System hospitals, namely National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Alexandra Hospital have redeployed staff and increased manpower to support their emergency departments. The hospitals are also referring stable patients to home recovery or community sites like COVID-19 treatment facilities where appropriate. National University Health System has also set aside existing beds that can potentially be converted to isolation beds for COVID-19 cases, as well as more holding facilities for suspected cases waiting for their results.
A/Prof Loh added that there are also dedicated facilities and manpower to support the care of COVID-19 patients. The hospitals are also offering alternative arrangements where clinically appropriate, including teleconsultation, tele-rehabilitation, tele-monitoring, remote prescribing, and delivery of medication.
The article also quoted Prof Lee Yung Seng, Head, Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital, who shared that at National University Hospital's children emergency department, the team is also taking on extra shifts to augment shortfalls where needed.NUH in the NewsNUHS in the NewsNTFGH in the NewsAH in the News