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Over 630 patients visited new Family Medicine Clinic

Singapore's fifth Family Medicine Clinic (FMC), located at Chinatown, has seen more than 630 patient visits since it began operating in January.

SINGAPORE: Singapore's fifth Family Medicine Clinic (FMC), located at Chinatown, has seen more than 630 patient visits since it began operating in January.

In the coming months, more than 290 patients from Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have also agreed to receive follow-up care at the clinic.

Plans are also underway to refer patients from more clinical specialities within SGH, the National Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore National Eye Centre and SingHealth Polyclinics at Bukit Merah and Queenstown.

Those were revealed at the clinic's official opening on Thursday.

The clinic is part of efforts to leverage the strengths of public and private sectors to provide integrated care for patients.

The FMC caters mainly to patients referred by SingHealth's hospitals and national specialty centres, but also serves walk-in patients.

To ensure seamless and coordinated care, SingHealth medical specialists work closely with the clinic to co-manage each patient's condition.

Every patient is also assigned a personal doctor at the clinic who has access to his medical history through the National Electronic Health Record.

Doctors said the new model of care is important with evolving healthcare needs.

Professor Fong Kok Yong, group director (Medical) at SingHealth, said: "Singapore's population is ageing very rapidly. Many of our aged patients have multiple chronic conditions. What's been the model of care in the acute care setting cannot meet the long term needs.

“So we have to now partner many of the doctors in the community, the primary care setting, so that when they are stabilised in the acute care setting, they will go back into the community and be taken care of in the long term." 

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