Tuesday, May 01, 2012

St Luke's Hospital to get more beds

SINGAPORE: Bed capacity will increase by about 25 per cent, following the construction of a seven-storey wing and redevelopment of its existing wards at St Luke's Hospital.

The groundbreaking ceremony of St Luke's Hospital's new wing was held Monday morning.

The Ministry of Health will be funding the S$14 million project which is slated to be completed by the end of next year.

The redeveloped facilities will also see a bigger inpatient gym and day rehab centre.

Last year, the number of inpatient therapy sessions at St Luke's Hospital increased by 24 per cent while outpatient day rehabilitation sessions increased by 11.6 per cent.

Currently, some 20 per cent of the patients are classified as sub-acute and this number is expected to rise over the next few years.

Hence, the new wing will enable the hospital to handle more of such patients and relieve patient-load at acute hospitals.

There will be 48 more beds, bringing its total capacity to 233 beds.

Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said: "Its outpatient clinic and ancillary services will also be expanded to cater to more patients.

"This expansion is in line with the government's efforts to enhance the capacity of the Intermediate and Long-Term Care (or ILTC) sector, and will go some way in meeting the demand for community hospital services by our rapidly ageing population."

- CNA/wk

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Source From Channel News Asia

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