New kids' wing at NUH

SINGAPORE - By 2015, young patients will be taken care of in a new outpatient wing at the National University Hospital (NUH).

The 5,000 sq m Paediatrics Ambulatory Centre will be situated next to the current children's wards. It will be a family-friendly place, with plans for a pharmacy designed to look like a candy store, musical stairs and roving interactive exhibits among other things.

The idea is to make trips to the hospital less stressful for children and parents, and keep patients from being warded as far as possible.

The aim is to cut red tape and let parents register only once, get the care their child needs and leave, said associate professor Daniel Goh, head of the NUH Paediatric Cluster and the man in charge of the project.

The centre will cater to every paediatric sub-speciality and treat unborn babies and those up to the age of 19.