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Free health checks at SGH's annual spring cleaning for needy residents

Twenty-six needy elderly residents staying in Bukit Merah had free health checks while their homes were spruced up in time for the Lunar New Year, thanks to volunteers from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

SINGAPORE: Twenty-six needy elderly residents staying in Bukit Merah had free health checks while their homes were spruced up in time for the Lunar New Year, thanks to volunteers from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).

This was part of SGH's annual Project GroomOver, but this was the first time doctors, numbering more than 25, joined the 280 volunteers including nurses, allied health professionals and administrative staff.

Apart from cleaning, volunteers also helped to clear clutter to reduce the risk of accidents.

The residents also received hampers and household items such as pillows, blankets, fans and rice cookers.

The residents were identified by SGH and grassroots leaders from Henderson Community Club to be mainly single, elderly and with little family support. They also tend to be at risk of falls and have nutritional deficiencies with frequent re-admissions to hospital.

“We're going to measure the blood pressure of the patient and… go through the medication the patient has been taking (to) make sure that they actually have taken their medication… We'll look through the medication, make sure that there's no leftover and at the same time… educate our patients regarding their disease as well,” said Dr Eugene Wong, internal medicine resident at SingHealth Residency.

“Hopefully (by) using this same opportunity, we will be able to help our residents as well, (help) our doctors to understand our patients a bit more, from the aspect out of the hospital, how are our patients coping with their illness.

“This will hopefully give inspiration and motivation to our doctors as well to continue to motivate us to work harder for our patients.” 

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