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West Point Hospital to undergo renovations

It is set to become the first hospital that combines acute care, rehabilitation and nursing home under one roof.

SINGAPORE: West Point Hospital will be undergoing renovations beginning March.

It is set to become the first hospital that combines acute care, rehabilitation and nursing home under one roof.

The right wing of the two-storey West Point Hospital will be demolished to give way to a new 16-storey building.

After renovations, it is planning to keep its 58 beds in the emergency ward.

It will add 67 beds in its rehabilitation ward and 124 beds in its nursing home ward.

The private hospital is now lending some of its facilities - including 28 hospital beds and physiotherapy facilities - to the National University Hospital (NUH).

Once construction is completed, it believes it will be able to ease demand for medical services at NUH as well as the new Ng Teng Fong Hospital, especially with the growing population in Jurong.

The hospital believes offering three services under one roof will allow it to share information better.

Ong Chu Poh, group executive chairman of West Point Hospital, said: “I think this arrangement will provide better care for our customers - for example, those who come in for acute care, if they need rehabilitation, they will go for rehabilitation. For those who come for rehabilitation, if they need nursing home, it is also at the same place.

“So it is a kind of one-stop service, so that... we will be able to (provide) value-add... to our customers and more importantly, we will be able to (provide) good quality services to our customers in the Jurong area.

“Due to the growth of the population in Taman Jurong and Jurong area, the old facilities that we bought over - although we had an upgrading programme about five years ago - are insufficient now.

"And especially about three, four years ago, the government was talking about Jurong city. So in anticipation of the demand when Jurong city is completed, I think we have decided to go ahead and upgrade this hospital to serve the residents and also the potential customers from the industrial estates better." 

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