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New NKF dialysis centre opens at Toa Payoh West Community Club

Residents in Toa Payoh West requiring kidney dialysis will now find it more convenient to go for treatment closer to home.

The new Seck Hong Choon-National Kidney Foundation (NKF) dialysis centre, located on the third storey of Toa Payoh West Community Club (CC), was officially opened by Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport Chee Hong Tat yesterday.

It is the first NKF dialysis centre located at a community club and is a collaboration between NKF, Toa Payoh West CC and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, which donated $1.4 million to the project to cover renovation and equipment costs.

There are now 39 NKF dialysis centres islandwide, mostly located at Housing Board (HDB) void decks.

NKF chairman Arthur Lang said the new centre in Toa Payoh West, with 20 dialysis stations, can serve up to 120 patients.

CONVENIENT

Mr Azman Hamzah, 60, an NKF haemodialysis patient at the new Toa Payoh West dialysis centre, said the location is very convenient as it is a five-minute taxi ride from his home in Toa Payoh Lorong 5.

Before the new centre opened, he went for dialysis sessions at the NKF centre in Kim Keat.

The former crane operator, who has been a patient with NKF since 2016, added: "It is easy to tell the (taxi) drivers where the centre is, since the CC is a prominent landmark. And when I need to get personal care and first-aid supplies, there is a medical supplies store located on the ground floor of the CC."

Mr Lang said NKF plans to engage the community by stepping up outreach and advocacy on kidney health.

NKF is also partnering the Toa Payoh West-Thomson grassroot organisations to provide public education on prevention and management of kidney diseases, such as having NKF posters displayed on the digital panels of HDB flats located within Toa Payoh West, said Mr Lang.

Mr Chee, who is also an MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, said: "We want to help our residents stay healthy, go for health screenings regularly and seek early treatment if they need medical intervention." - THE STRAITS TIMES

MEDICAL & HEALTH