Next hospital will be in the north

Next hospital will be in the north

SINGAPORE - The next general hospital will be built in the north of Singapore, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Sunday.

It will be one of four hospitals that will be built between 2020 and 2030. There will also be more community hospitals and nursing homes, he said.

Mr Gan was at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals, which are expected to open before that, in 2018.

The Sengkang complex will comprise an 800-bed general hospital, a 400-bed community hospital, and 200 "swing beds" to be used by either hospital.

It will also be possible to increase the capacity of the hospitals temporarily when required, such as during a disease outbreak.

"The co-location of a community hospital with an acute hospital will allow patients who require long-term but less intensive care to be transferred seamlessly from the acute hospital to the adjacent community hospital," Mr Gan said.

The hospital will also work with community partners, including healthcare organisations and schools, "to create greater awareness of preventive care and thereby cultivate healthier communities" its press release said.

It will come up next to Cheng Lim LRT station, about 300m from Sengkang MRT station, with easy access to amenities such as the bus interchange and retail complexes.

An open plaza is part of the design, to bring the community together with cafes, retail outlets, seating areas and open spaces for various community engagement activities.

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