SINGAPORE: The locations of the soon-to-be-redeveloped Clementi Polyclinic and a new polyclinic in Taman Jurong were announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (Jun 1).
The current polyclinic at Clementi will be redeveloped at a vacant site along Commonwealth Avenue West, 650m away from the existing location, said MOH.
It will be about 250m, or a five minute walk, from Clementi MRT station, added MOH.
The standalone development will be ready by 2027, as previously announced.
“Once redeveloped, the polyclinic will be more spacious and incorporate more elderly-friendly and accessibility features for the convenience of the patients,” said MOH.
The existing Clementi Polyclinic will continue to serve residents till the new clinic is operational, added the ministry.
Opened in 1980, it is one of the oldest and smallest polyclinics in Singapore. It is located on the second floor of a building near Clementi MRT station.
The redeveloped polyclinic will be larger and continue to provide a “comprehensive range” of primary care services, said MOH.
MOH also announced that the new Taman Jurong polyclinic will be built at the site of the former West Point Hospital, which ceased operations in September 2018. It is slated to open by 2028.
Including the one in Taman Jurong, there will be 10 new polyclinics over the coming years. By 2030, the network of polyclinics will be expanded to 32.
Details were also shared by Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary during his visit to the existing Clementi Polyclinic on Wednesday.
"The current polyclinic is operating in a fairly constrained environment, and they actually had to rent space ... to provide the range of services that they have," he told reporters on the sidelines of his visit.
"So the new facility will be able to encompass all the things that they currently do, as well as more space for new services and new patients."
Dr Puthucheary explained that having the network of polyclinics in Singapore is "vital".
“The provision of good primary care services and extending range of primary care services is core to the ideals of Healthier SG … going upstream in trying to keep Singaporeans healthy and giving them access to the range of services to help them,” he said.
He also noted that the redevelopment of polyclinics is important.
"You have to make sure that the primary care is accessible and that we provide the full range of services in the community to as many residents as possible,” Dr Puthucheary said.