New hospital to take patients from year end

From the end of this year, Yishun Community Hospital will take patients who no longer need acute care at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH), but are still not ready to go home.

The hospital will have more than 400 beds. At its topping-up ceremony yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "It will play an important role in providing sub-acute and rehabilitation care for patients, to improve their recovery from acute illness, regain their functional status, re-integrate into the community and eventually, to be able to go home."

He also praised contractors Kimly and Shimizu for minimising noise, dust and disturbance at KTPH next door, as well as for residents nearby.

Mr Gan said they had taken innovative steps, such as off-site fabrication of structural elements, which "has also helped speed up construction time".

This year will see the addition of many hospital beds, with the opening of a new acute hospital in Jurong, as well as a community hospital there, The Straits Times Online reported.