Raffles Medical Group launches Specialist Centre, expands Emergency Care Collaboration ward

·Senior Reporter
Guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam during a tour of Ward 13, a 64-bed ward for patients receiving subsidised care, on 12 March, 2019. (PHOTO: Raffles Media Group)
Guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam during a tour of Ward 13, a 64-bed ward for patients receiving subsidised care, on 12 March, 2019. (PHOTO: Raffles Media Group)

The Raffles Medical Group (RMG) has launched a new specialist centre to cater to the increase in patients requiring tailored treatment for different ailments.

The 22-storey Raffles Specialist Centre, which is connected to Raffles Hospital, will house 17 outpatient specialist clinics, including two new units for breast and vascular intervention.

This is part of a $300 million expansion of the RMG’s premises, including a bigger ward to serve public patients and a 600-seat food court.

The 70 per cent increase in floor space will enable the RMG to grow its practices and hospital facilities over the next 10 years, said its executive chairman Dr Loo Choon Yong at the official opening of the Raffles Specialist Centre on Tuesday (12 March).

More services and amenities such as a surgical robot, oncology services with onsite radiotherapy care, and a hybrid operating theatre will be introduced in the next few months, he added.

The expansion has allowed the RMG to convert Raffles Hospital’s levels 10 and 13 into wards. The group plans to increase the number of beds at the hospital to 307 from 180 currently.

The ward on level 13 will allow the RMG to handle more patients receiving subsidised care under its joint Emergency Care Collaboration (ECC) scheme with the Ministry of Health, with the number of beds almost doubling to 63.

Under the scheme, patients sent in by the Singapore Civil Defence Force ambulances to the hospital’s Emergency Department are provided subsidised care for specific cases ranging from fractures, stroke, chest pain and infection, to appendicitis.

Guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam noted in his speech that 10,500 patients have benefited from the ECC scheme between 2015, when it was launched, and 2018.

“Such partnerships will be increasingly important in the years ahead, as we seek to ensure that quality care at good value remains available to all Singaporeans,” said Tharman.

Private healthcare providers have “a duty of care to Singaporeans to ensure the care they deliver is appropriate and at reasonable charges”, he added.

As part of the opening celebrations, the RMG will be donating $50,000 to four charities: Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens, Moral Home for the Aged Sick, Sree Narayana Mission Home and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

As the donations will be matched dollar for dollar through the Bicentennial Community Fund, the charities will receive a total of $100,000.

The RMG began as a two clinic family practice in 1976, with Raffles Hospital opening 25 years later in Singapore.

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