NUHS leads study of using exoskeleton technology to improve rehabilitation from hospital to community
Singapore, 6 May 2019 – The National University Health System (NUHS) and Alexandra Hospital (AH) partner with Temasek Foundation (TF) and Trailblazer Foundation Limited (TFL) in Asia’s first clinical study on the use of advance rehabilitation technology, namely bionic exoskeletons, within and beyond the hospital, so as to improve patients’ mobility.
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Merry, Healthy Eating
Singapore, 16 December 2018 – Alexandra Hospital's Principal Dietician Catherine Koh shared a few healthy festive recipes for Christmas which appeared in The Sunday Times.
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Alexandra Hospital pioneers Singapore's Integrated General Hospital care model
Singapore, 14 December 2018 – A new model of care, called the Integrated General Hospital (IGH), was announced in a joint press conference by the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT), together with Alexandra Hospital (AH) and its parent organisation, the National University Health System (NUHS).
AH will pioneer this model, where patients are cared for by a single care team with minimal transfers during their inpatient stay, and their post discharge care is well-integrated with the community.
Initial explorations into the creation of this care model were guided by insights from the community at Queenstown. In partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS) through the Health Innovation Project by the Department of Communications and New Media, AH reached out to over 700 respondents in the district. In addition, a tie-up with the Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Centre at NUS, a Receptivity Study of about 170 residents was carried out, gathering residents' hopes and expectations of AH's care models.
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Alexandra holds community outreach event, announces new facilities and upgrades
Singapore, 28 October 2018 – Alexandra Hospital held its first-ever Care Day for Community and Health, reaching out to around 500 attendees. This consisted of residents from the Queenstown district, as well as members of the public and other guests. Various activities like health screenings, cooking demonstrations, health booth games, and campus tours were held during the half-day event. The event was also attended by Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Queenstown division) Dr Chia Shi-Lu, accompanied by NUHS chief executive Prof John Wong.
Alexandra Hospital Chief executive A/Prof Jason Phua also indicated that an expansion of the hospital's bed capacity, going from 176 to around 300, would be carried out by 2020. New facilities would also be opened by the start of 2019, with the inclusion of a joint reconstruction and replacement centre, an endoscopy centre, and a day surgery operating theatre. Other services like a dental centre, and the hospital's
palliative care programme, would commence later in the year.
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Remembering Alexandra Hospital's rich heritage
Singapore, 12 September 2018 - NUHS officially launched a heritage wall at the hospital late last month – a project that started about five months ago before NUHS took over from Sengkang Hospital as the site's occupant in June. The wall was designed to celebrate the hospital's 80th anniversary and to raise public awareness about its rich heritage.
Associate Professor Jason Phua (Chief Executive Officer of Alexandra Hospital) comments on how NUHS is working closely with MOH and the National Heritage board to examine "how best to preserve the historical heritage of the Alexandra Campus." He adds that the hospital will conduct environment impact studies and engage various parties on architectural conservation. "It is one of the oldest sites still serving as a hospital and we will want to maintain its healthcare heritage…At the same time, we want to examine ways to intensify its use to better serve the community."
Bianca Boh (Strategic Communications Staff) who is working on the project comments on how the whole exercise has been very meaningful in honouring the building's past.
See the full article from The Straits Times here.
Alexandra Hospital launches free shuttle bus services, with pit-stops in heartlands
Singapore, 29 August 2018 - The first-ever set of shuttle bus services with pit-stops in the heartlands was launched by Alexandra Hospital. Provided by SMRT's Strides Transportation, the three-year agreement sees four 23-seater buses plying two routes, covering the Queenstown and Commonwealth districts respectively.
These services are aimed at targeting the most needy individuals within the community, serving bus stops which are closest to one-room rental flats in the Queenstown district.
See the full article from The Straits Times here.
MOH Office of Healthcare Transformation set up, testing to commence at Alexandra Hospital
Singapore, 7 March 2018 – Minister of Health, Gan Kim Yong announced that the MOH Office of Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) will identify and experiment with game-changing ideas.
MOHT will focus on longer-term ideas that can be scaled up for system-level transformation. Some of these ideas will be tested at the Some of these ideas will be tested at the health empowering Alexandra Hospital campus which NUHS will take over from the second half of 2018.
NUHS signs MOU with Sport Singapore, Active Centre to open at Alexandra Hospital
Singapore, 28 July 2017 – A joint release with SGSport and partners that Sport Singapore with National University Health System will pilot an Active Centre within Alexandra Hospital , providing targeted exercise therapy to complement conventional medical treatment.
The Active Centre will provide patients with connectivity, accessibility and the convenience of exercise therapy in conjunction with their outpatient management at the hospital's chronic and metabolic disease clinics. These patients will have risk and assessment tests done before commencement of the exercise programme in close consultation by clinicians, Exercise Physicians and trainers. Patients will also be closely supervised and monitored by the doctors.
Exercise plays a key complementary role to managing chronic diseases, and this partnership provides patients with accessibility and convenience to better manage their health, beyond seeking treatment for their condition. While exercise prescription will be done at the hospital, with contribution from SportSG, the eventual goal is to also engage community providers such as General Practitioners who can see these patients and support them in the community to continue with the exercise.